Monday, 15 January 2018

Martin O'Neill Turns Down Stoke City Job

Martin O'Neill was one of Stoke City's favorites to take over as manager of the club.
Martin O'Neill has rejected the chance to become Stoke's new manager.

The Republic of Ireland boss looked set to move to the bet365 Stadium but has now removed himself from the running, according to PA Sport sources.

His decision leaves Stoke in limbo in their search to replace Mark Hughes after failing to land any of their top three targets.

O'Neill, Quique Sanchez Flores and Gary Rowett had all been targeted by the Potters after they sacked Hughes last week.

Rowett signed a new contract at Derby, while Sanchez Flores opted to stay at Espanyol, despite holding talks with Stoke in the week.

O'Neill's decision leaves him clear to remain with Ireland, having reportedly made a verbal agreement to sign a new contract.

The former Leicester and Celtic manager has been in charge of the country since 2013, but they failed to reach this year's World Cup, losing in the playoffs to Denmark.

Stoke could now make a short-term appointment until the end of the season as they decide their next move.

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