Mark Hughes is not sure whether the absence of Jose Mourinho will prove to be a positive or negative for Stoke City against Chelsea on Saturday.
Mourinho serves a one-game stadium ban after a half-time altercation with referee Jon Moss during Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat at West Ham last month.
Hughes does not necessarily believe it will work in Stoke’s favour, however.
“It may well impact negatively on the team, it may be a positive, it’s a tough one to call,” the Potters boss said at his press conference on Friday.
“Maybe without his influence at half-time and just prior to the game , it may take something away.
“It’s always good to see Jose in the dugout and our crowd enjoy seeing opposition managers on occasions.
“We will see if it’s a negative or a positive.”
Mourinho famously alleged to have hidden in a laundry basket to get around a stadium ban during his first spell in charge of Chelsea, but the Portuguese has said he may not watch Saturday’s game at the Britannia Stadium at all.
Hughes, however, doubts that.
“Who’s to say he hasn’t got a phone to his ear and isn’t in touch with his coaches?” Hughes said.
“Unless an FA official is sat on Jose’s knee, we won’t know if he’s in contact or not.”
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