The former Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham and QPR boss is back in a top-flight hotseat after being named as Tony Pulis' successor at the Britannia Stadium.
The bright reputation Hughes established in his early managerial career, first with Wales and then with Blackburn, has been battered by the manner of his departure from his most recent clubs, particularly QPR.
Hughes spent just 10 months in charge at Loftus Road and, after only narrowly avoiding relegation in 2011-12, was sacked early into last season.
His appointment by the Potters has not been universally welcomed by supporters but the Welshman is determined to win people round.
Hughes, speaking at a press conference to preview his side's season opener at Liverpool on Saturday, said: "I think maybe in recent times my previous work has been overlooked as a consequence of having an exceptionally poor start to last season.
"Hopefully we can redress the balance somewhat because it was a bit skewed in a negative way, people's perceptions of my ability as a manager.
"Every manager, when they come into a new environment and a new club, will have doubters, people that maybe don't take to you initially. It is up to you to win people over.
"You will always have people that, for whatever reason, don't like the way you look or don't like the colour of your hair.
"There is not a lot you can do about that, it happens.
"I would like to think once they understand what I am trying to do here and the type of football we want to produce, we can turn a few round."