Martin O'Neill Set For Stoke City Talks Tonight

Henrietta Strickland
January 12, 2018

O'Neill was in contention for the job but it now looks as if former Watford boss and current Espanyol manager Quique Sanchez Flores will take over at the Britannia.

"If he gets a big job, it's still a big job, a Premier League job, Stoke coming in for him the way that they are, you think he's probably the sort of manager that could go in there and get that short-term for them".

Hughes was just the second manager in the hotseat after Tony Pulis since Coates bought the club in 2005 for the second time and their reputation for displaying patience with managers was demonstrated by not firing the Welshman until Saturday's humiliating FA Cup Third Round defeat at fourth-tier Coventry City.

Although the FAI said yesterday that they had not received any approach from Stoke, the fact O'Neill is officially out of contract meant neither the club nor the Derryman were obliged to notify the association.

The Irish Independent does, however, speculate that, should the package at Stoke fail to find room for Keane, he will remain with the FAI and another of the Irish backroom staff - Steves Guppy, Walford or Seamus McDonagh - will join O'Neill.

O'Neill has verbally agreed to a contract extension with Ireland, but reportedly has yet to put pen to paper on the new deal.

"I can't think of any other Association that would allow their manager to stall in this way", Dunphy told News At One on RTÉ Radio 1.

O'Neill and Keane have worked together for Ireland since 2013 but did not manage to secure a spot at this summer's World Cup. It appears that O'Neill, whilst having agreed a contract with the FAI was still open to offers from others.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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