Mick McCarthy looks poised to take reins at Stoke City
Mick McCarthy is ready to take on the challenge of returning Stoke to the Premier League after Paul Lambert's departure yesterday.
McCarthy has told Stoke, via his representatives, that he would be interested in succeeding Lambert as the club prepare for their first season in the Championship since 2008.
The former Ireland manager left Ipswich in April after six years in charge and is thought to be one of the early contenders to take over at the bet365 Stadium.
Stoke are considering a number of other options but it is believed their hopes of appointing David Moyes, who left West Ham on Wednesday, or former Everton manager Sam Allardyce, are remote.
Lambert's four-month reign was ended by mutual consent after he was summoned for talks with vice-chairman John Coates.
Stoke want to pursue a new direction following their relegation and triggered a clause in his contract that enabled them to part company with minimal compensation.
Stoke are facing a summer of huge changes, with a number of players - including Jack Butland, Xherdan Shaqiri, Joe Allen and Badou Ndiaye - likely to leave.
They have already begun preparations for next season by informing Stephen Ireland that his contract will not be renewed in an email yesterday morning. (©Daily Telegraph, London)