Stoke City can confirm that manager Michael O’Neill has left the Club.

Joint Chairman John Coates said: “Michael joined us in November 2019 when the Club was in a difficult situation and the job he did in stabilising our position in the Championship should not be underestimated.

“Michael has worked tirelessly and with extreme professionalism, in particular in reshaping our squad and developing young players, but we feel the time is right to move in a different direction. I would like to thank him for his efforts and wish him every success for the future.”

Assistant manager Dean Holden will take interim charge of the first-team.

The Club has begun the process of appointing a new manager and will be making no further comment at this time.