Michael O'Neill Could Be On His Way To Stoke City

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill is wanted by Stoke

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill is wanted by Stoke

BetVictor's Head of Antepost Football Michael Triffitt commented: "Many are questioning why he would leave the Irish for the tough job of rescuing the Championship bottom club, but often the lure of club football appeals to global managers".

Stoke City are set to appoint Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill as their head coach, Sky Sports reported on Thursday.

The Potters have been linked with a host of potential replacements since sacking Nathan Jones last week and have now contacted the IFA about their long-serving boss.

According to reports, Stoke will offer O'Neill a four-year contract and double his £800,000 salary.

Stoke will want O'Neill to focus on driving them up the Championship table, with the Potters now in deep trouble.

Stoke have endured a bad start to the season, sitting at the bottom of the Championship with just two league wins so far this season. He will be at Oakwell on Saturday for Stoke's game against the side immediately above them in the table, Barnsley.

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"It is always flattering".

O'Neill, who led Northern Ireland to Euro 2016, is due to take charge of the country over the forthcoming worldwide break when they are due to play the Netherlands and Germany. "It is better to be linked than not linked, let's be honest", said O'Neill, who was unsuccessfully targeted by Scotland previous year.

"It is not a distraction for me. But right now, my focus is obviously on the two games that lie ahead".

O'Neill guided them to a last 16 place at Euro 2016 and narrowly missed out on a place at the 2018 World Cup.

Under O'Neill, the team have risen from being ranked 129th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings back in September 2012, to 20th in the world five years later.

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