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International manager ‘agrees to become new Stoke boss’

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill “has agreed” to become the new Stoke boss, according to reports yesterday evening.

The Potters approached the Irish FA for him on Thursday however they are yet to meet the compensation clause in O’Neill’s contract.

Those discussions are ongoing, but the 50-year-old has said he wants the job at the bet365 Stadium.

He has impressing many after he guided Northern Ireland to qualification for their first ever European Championship, Euro 2016.

In January 2018, O’Neill turned down an offer to become manager of Scotland following discussions with the Scottish Football Association.

His side currently sit 3rd in Group C after six games of the Euro 2020 qualifiers, giving Holland and Germany a real challenge.

O”Neill has previously managed Shamrock Rovers and Brechin City. He also is a former footballer for Coleraine, Newcastle United, Dundee United, Hibernian, Coventry City, Aberdeen, Reading, Wigan Athletic, St Johnstone, Portland Timbers, Clydebank, Glentoran and Ayr United.

It was the first time in 30 years that Northern Ireland had qualified for a major tournament where he led the side to the second round, losing narrowly to Wales but recorded a surprise victory over Ukraine in the group stages.

Chris Hughton and Sam Allardyce has ruled himself out of the job while Tony Pulis, Alex Neil, Neil Harris, David Moyes and Alan Pardew have all slipped down with the bookmakers due to the interest in O’Neill.

They currently sit bottom of the Championship, with just two win in 15 league games this season.


Fans took to give their reaction to the reports Michael O’Neill has agreed to become the new Stoke manager – see those tweets on the next page.


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