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State of play as Stoke holds talks with fellow Championship club over appointing their manager

This is the current state of play as Stoke City reportedly holds talks with fellow Championship club Plymouth over appointing their manager.

The Potters are now in week two of their search for a permanent replacement to Alex Neil.

It seems however that manager Steven Schumacher is next on Stoke’s list to target as a potential successor.

John Percy issued a tweet on Monday (18th December) saying: “Stoke have had talks with Plymouth over the possible appointment of manager Steven Schumacher.

“Regarded as a very strong contender, after winning the League One title last season.

“Appointment process is still ongoing, however, with John Eustace and others also in the mix #scfc”

He updated on Monday evening: “Stoke are now very close to appointing Plymouth’s Steven Schumacher as their new manager. Compensation broadly agreed and now final details on contracts. Highly-regarded young coach with an outstanding home record at Argyle #scfc”

On the 13th of December, three names emerged, with John Eustace, Tony Mowbray and Slavisa Jokanovic thought to be on Stoke’s shortlist.

Rob Dorsett tweeted on Wednesday (13th December): “Former #bcfc manager John Eustace and ex #sunderland and #wbafc boss Tony Mowbray are among the leading candidates to take over at #scfc, I’m told.

“Ex #Fulham Slavisa Jakanovic is also on shortlist -though still lots of names in frame, as club determined to do exhaustive search.”

John Percy also tweeted last week: “Stoke have held initial talks with a number of candidates including John Eustace, Michael Beale & Paul Heckingbottom. Blackburn’s Jon Dahl Tomasson admired, plus a number of other contenders from UK and abroad. Usual process, very early stages.”


Sky Bet – 18th Dec – 12pm
Steven Schumacher – 1/2
John Eustace – 3/1
Paul Heckingbottom – 6/1
Slaviša Jokanović – 11/1
Jon Dahl Tomasson – 12/1
Nuno Espirito Santo – 14/1
Lee Carsley – 16/1

Plymouth currently sit 16th in the Championship table, with 26 points from 22 games played.

On Saturday, Morgan Whittaker clinched a late winner, deep into injury time against bottom of the table Rotherham United.

“It’s always brilliant to win like that in the last minute,” said Plymouth manager Steven Schumacher. “The circumstances were different though. In the last game it was a bit closer and the game could have gone either way. We snatched it today.

“We felt that we almost gave away two valuable points because being 2-1 up, with an extra player, it should have been a lot more comfortable than it was.

“Credit to Rotherham for that; I thought they were brilliant. Even when they went to ten men, they’re a threat because of how big they are. I feel a bit sorry for Rotherham. I know Leam [Richardson] and Rob Kelly really well. They’ll be devastated in there, but all I can say about their team is that they’re all putting a shift in – with 11 men and with 10 men.

“Somehow, we managed to get the win that we all desperately wanted.

“Ryan’s got a nasty clash on his head. He’s gone to the hospital to be assessed and it looks like he’s got a concussion. We’ll see how that goes and the severity of it.

“Mustapha’s got a gash right down his shin where the lad caught him. It looked like a nasty tackle. He was only on the pitch for 30 seconds or whatever it was, so it was a blow, losing them both in the first half like that.

“It disrupted the momentum, but I thought actually, once they went off, we got going and we finished the half really well. I think the half went on for an hour, which never normally happens.

“I hope that both lads are alright, that’s the main thing.

“We said at half-time, that was the tempo. It did take that to get it going, and we felt it was a bit sluggish.

“Rotherham’s organisation was really good; it wasn’t easy to play against them. We knew that was going to be the case before the game started.

“[The injuries] did get us going a little bit, and it was a great time to score when we did.

“It was about time we got a penalty, so I’m pleased Finn stuck it away and got us back on level terms.

“The second goal was a brilliant goal, but after that we lost our way slightly and it shouldn’t have been as hard as it was.

“Bali Mumba had a chance to score at 2-2 when the keeper made a great save. I was hoping that we didn’t come to regret that miss. He should have scored.

“Thankfully, Finn and Morgan are in brilliant form at the moment. On the edge of the box, it was a lovely bit of skill from the two of them to get in that situation and a brilliant finish.

“It’s been a tough week as well. Coming back from QPR and not getting back until four in the morning was hard work. Credit to the players for the energy that they’ve put in. They’ve got over the line in added time again.

“Four points from three games is okay. Where we’re at in the league, that’s decent enough form. It’s kind of what we need to be at. Wednesday night was a tough game. We felt we should have won that game if we’d have scored early, but we did really well to get something from it in the end.”

This is how fans reacted to the current state of play as Stoke holds talks with fellow Championship club Plymouth over appointing their manager…

@KernowBootsy: We will build a wall around Plymouth made of pasties to stop this happening!

@burbridge_stu: Hard to see Stoke as a massive step up from Plymouth.

@pafclewis: No way shuey would take a side step and go to stoke. #pafc #scfc

@matttwigg_03: Money talks

@andrewbish1986: I’d avoid that job like the plague, look at the highly regarded managers at stoke that have failed before him, i’d stick where he is

@argyletweet: Yes, he’ll be given probably triple what he’s currently on, but Stoke City? Really?
I’d be fuming if he upped and left for a club that’s only remembered for a bloke with a long throw.
His time will come, just not yet.

@abradshaw45: The last fella we had from Plymouth wasn’t too bad

@wwfcnath24: And these thought they was getting nuno whilst shopping in Plymouth 💀 😆

@dcooke1989: Better options out there than Schumacher but then again it didnt do us too much harm the last time we poached Plymouths manager did it 👀👀👀

How the talks with us went:
Stoke: Can we have your manager?
Hallet: Fuck off.
But seriously, If Schuey wants to kill his career after Stoke sack him in March for not getting their heads around the fact their league 1 squad is 18th in Champ then so be it at this point 🤷‍♀️ #pafc

@StevePafc96_: Schuey is loved at Home Park, even if we were to go back down this season he would rightfully be given another chance to get us back up and be supported by the owner, he wouldn’t chuck that all away for a club that wouldn’t hesitate to sack him straight away…would he? #pafc

@JDSCFC: It’s the circle of football, but even as a Stoke fan I’d admit Schumacher would be daft to come to us. Absolute graveyard for managers because the owners run the club like a circus, and we have an awful squad. But money always talks, and the owners do have a lot of that🤷🏻‍♂️

@DGabrielliSmith: Poaching managers always goes well for us.

@BesterSCFC: I think anyone leaving a steady job to come here would be mad. Someone’s got to turn it round eventually though…

@Jamie_Gaffr: If this happens I imagine we’ve got go through another fake & forced rivalry like we did with Luton. 😴 They can have him back in 18 months when our fans run him out the club because we aren’t challenging for promotion 🤣

@_callumfowler: Bit of a sideways move Plymouth to Stoke currently but when you’re on 5 grand a week and someone offers you 20 it’s a done deal

@adamhogan__: Will just come down to the ££ offered. Would be a daft move for his career #pafc

@tom_coulston: Hahahahha Plymouth fans heads will fall off

@liam_birks: I’ll say the same to this as to any other manager we’ve stolen. They’d be mad to leave a good thing to try and turn this absolutely mess around. Ill also say that if hes the guy the Coates wants, they usually get them. Potentially worrying time for Plymouth fans #SCFC #PAFC

@leighspooner1: Rather us not poach another manager from the same league again after last time 🤦🏻‍♂️ and before fans say ‘he’s downgrading if it happens’, I think most of us Stoke fans are well aware of that this time 😅

@MatthewMJ_Smith: Christmas ruined

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