Tuesday 16 January 2018

Ireland boss Martin O'Neill among the bookmakers favourites to replace Mark Hughes at Stoke

Martin O’Neill rumoured to be a contender to succeed Mark Hughes at Stoke. Photo: Sportsfile
Martin O’Neill rumoured to be a contender to succeed Mark Hughes at Stoke. Photo: Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is being touted as a possible replacement for Mark Hughes at Stoke.

O'Neill verbally agreed a new two-year deal with the FAI back in October but has yet to sign on the dotted line.

He has been installed as 13/5 second favourite for the vacancy at the Britannia Stadium behind former Stoke defender Danny Higginbottom (15/8), while betting has been suspended on Derby County manager Gary Rowett getting the job (according to Paddy Power).

The Potters are eager to have a new man in place before they travel to Manchester United a week on Monday

Stoke are in the Premier League relegation zone after winning two of their last 12 league games and lost 1-0 to Newcastle on New Year's Day which put Hughes on the brink.

The former Wales boss put himself under pressure to beat the Magpies, after making six changes for their 5-0 defeat at Chelsea 48 hours earlier, only to see his side lose.

It left the Potters' board considering his future and assessing their options last week.

Hughes, who replaced Tony Pulis in 2013, was axed following his 200th game in charge.

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