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Danny Gabbidon Slates Mark Hughes Over His Treatment While At QPR

Mark Hughes was relieved of his duties as manager of Stoke City last weekend after a series of poor results culminated in a 2-1 loss to League Two side Coventry City in the FA Cup third round. 

Yet, for Hughes, a familiar face in the Premier League managerial merry-go-round, the wait for his next role is unlikely to be a long one.

One man who is not convinced by Hughes as a manager, however, is former Wales international Danny Gabbidon. 

Speaking to BBC Radio Wales, Gabbidon, who was handed his international debut by Hughes, said he was ultimately left disappointed by his former manager’s behaviour.

“He put me into the Wales squad as a youngster and at that point I thought he was a good manager. But then, further on in my career, working with him at QPR, I saw a different side to him which I didn’t really like.

“The way he treated me, I expected more from him. He dropped me from the team. My last game was a cup game, I played and scored the winner. Then the next game I had a bit of a problem with my back so I couldn’t play.

“He said he’d work me back into the side. I never played again, just sat on the bench for the season. He never pulled me aside to say why I wasn’t playing.

“We never spoke for the rest of the season. Got to the end of the season and my contract was ending. I was two games short of a contract extension. He never rung me himself, he got some other guy to ring me to say, ‘Sorry Mark is on holiday, we’re not retaining your services.’

“He didn’t have the decency to [do it himself].”

Harsh words from Gabbidon who clearly feels Hughes wasn’t fair with him during their time together at QPR.

Of course, there’s two sides to every story and Hughes may have felt it was time to move Gabbidon on.

The lack of communication with a player he had previously handed an international debut to though, does seem strange.

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