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Stoke make approach for No 1 target – as we revealed first

Date published: Thursday 7th November 2019 12:05

Stoke have made an official approach for Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill, the Irish Football Association has announced.

The Potters have been linked with a host of potential replacements since sacking Nathan Jones last week and have now contacted the IFA about their long-serving boss.

We exclusively revealed on the day of Jones’ sacking that Stoke had earmarked O’Neill as their No 1 candidate to step into the hotseat.

In a short statement released to the PA news agency, the IFA said: “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.”

The Potters parted company with Jones after only 10 months in the role; the former Luton boss having won only six of his 38 games in charge after succeeding Gary Rowett in January.

He leaves with Stoke second from bottom in the Sky Bet Championship and should O’Neill step in, he’ll face a real fight to prevent the club from slipping into the third tier of English football.


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