Michael O'Neill looks set to take over at Stoke City

Tanya Simon
November 8, 2019

"The Irish Football Association has been approached by EFL Championship club Stoke City who are seeking permission to speak to Michael O'Neill about their vacant manager's position".

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill is to be announced as Stoke City's new manager on Friday morning following the recent sacking of Nathan Jones.

Stoke, now bottom of the Championship, made an official approach and Sky Sports News understands O'Neill informed the IFA he would like the chance to talk to them.

The Belfast Telegraph understands the deal could be confirmed as early as Thursday night or possibly Friday but that O'Neill will remain in charge for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifying double-header against the Netherlands and Germany.

He will nearly double his £750,000 salary at the IFA.

Stoke will want O'Neill to focus on driving them up the Championship table, with the Potters now in deep trouble.

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Stoke now find themselves bottom of the Championship, having lost 11 of their first 15 matches in the league this season.

They have won just two of their last 15 games in the league leaving them rooted to the bottom of the table and already six points from safety.

"It is always flattering".

"It it is not a distraction for me".

O'Neill guided them to a last 16 place at Euro 2016 and narrowly missed out on a place at the 2018 World Cup.

O'Neill, who led Northern Ireland to Euro 2016, is due to take charge of the country over the forthcoming global break when they are due to play the Netherlands and Germany.

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