Stoke make official approach for Northern Ireland manager O’Neill

Stoke make official approach for Northern Ireland manager O’Neill

It has been a hard season so far for the Potters who have won just two league matches.

Stoke are on the look out for a new manager after sacking Nathan Jones on November 1 following just nine months in charge.

After dismissing Jones, Stoke had asked to talk to Preston boss Alex Neil but their Championship rivals turned down the request.

The Athletic reported earlier on Thursday that negotiations were close to completion over a six-figure sum to release O'Neill from his current deal, and that he will double his £750,000 salary and sign a four-year deal. It is something that has been ongoing for a number of years, and the focus has been on preparing for next week's games.

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O'Neill has attracted plenty of interest from the likes of West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland in recent times, but he opted to stay and continue in global management.

Northern Ireland are now ranked 34th and have two games remaining in their Euro 2020 qualification campaign - at home to the Netherlands on November 16 and away to Germany three days later.

Stoke are now bottom of the Championship but O'Neill has been told there will be money to spend in January. However, while O'Neill's record with the national team is impressive, he has little experience managing a club.

Regardless of those results, a play-off place seems likely for Northern Ireland, which will surely factor into the 50-year-old's thinking as he ponders the prospect of taking over the Championship strugglers.

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