Andy Gray suggests a managerial candidate for Everton

Andy Gray suggests that Stoke City manager Mark Hughes would be good for Everton.

Andy Gray has told talkSPORT that Everton should make a move for Stoke City manager Mark Hughes.

The Toffees are looking for a new manager following the departure of Roberto Martinez on Thursday.

The Merseyside outfit have had a disappointing season in the Premier League and are set to finish outside the top 10.

Former Everton striker Gray has explained why Hughes would be a good managerial appointment for the Toffees.

"I hope I am not going to upset Stoke fans but when I look at what Mark Hughes has done at Stoke, what he did at Manchester City… he has managed at the highest level, he has got great experience of the Premier League, he knows what Everton is about because he played there,” the former Scotland international told talkSPORT.

“If somebody came up to me tomorrow and said they are going after Mark Hughes and his staff, I would be delighted. Sparky is at a great age now, he has got all the experience he needs at this level, he knows what the club is all about because he has been there and he understands what you need to be an Everton coach.”

Hughes has done a brilliant job at Stoke, who have played expansive and attacking football under him this season.

The question is whether the former Manchester United forward would leave the Potters now and move to Everton.

The Welshman is doing well at Stoke and seems to be enjoying life at the Britannia Stadium.

Hughes has a settled and well-functioning side at Stoke, and perhaps it would not be wise to move to Everton right now.

Everton could lose some key players in the summer transfer window, and there could be some rebuilding needed at Goodison Park.

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