Martin O'Neill Set For Stoke City Talks Tonight

Galtero Lara
Enero 13, 2018

Following the sacking of Mark Hughes, Stoke targeted Derby's Gary Rowett as his replacement.

Mick McCarthy has emerged as the surprise new favourite to return to the Republic of Ireland after bookmakers Paddy Power cut his odds from 8/1 to 3/1, as the Ipswich Town boss replaces Roy Keane at the top of the market.

Keane was tipped as O'Neill's potential successor in the national gig but could now be with him at the Potteries.

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O'Neill was widely reported to have met with the Premier League outfit earlier this week to discuss the possibility of taking over from Mark Hughes as the club's manager.

Given the requirement to regain stability at the Bet365 Stadium following a disastrous 2017, sources claim Stoke would want O'Neill on an undivided basis.

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Stoke were expected to meet O'Neill tonight and have set aside time to continue negotiations today, in the hope of holding a press conference Friday and having their new man in place at Old Trafford.

With that matter seemingly clarified, Stoke are also encouraged by the likelihood of O'Neill transporting his backroom team - including assistant boss Roy Keane - to Staffordshire.

Should Keane not leave then Steve Walford, Steve Guppy and Seamus McDonagh are in contention for roles. It appears that O'Neill, whilst having agreed a contract with the FAI was still open to offers from others.

He has also only made a verbal agreement with the FAI to extend his contract to the Euro 2020 campaign which means there would be no issue for the Potters in terms of compensation.

A hint of such an embarrassing scenario unfolding was there for all to see when, just five weeks after appearing in an official FAI video confirming the agreement to remain in charge, it had been revised downwards to "I'll need to have a real think about that".

RTE pundit Dunphy has been critical of O'Neill in the past but this time has taken aim at the association. The contract was agreed in principle, but O'Neill delayed. At the start of 2018, these latest developments indicate the only contract poised to be inked by O'Neill are those belonging to Stoke City.

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