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O'Neill under consideration for Stoke job


Martin O'Neill. Photo: Sportsfile

Martin O'Neill. Photo: Sportsfile

Martin O'Neill. Photo: Sportsfile

Martin O'Neill could be in line for a return to club management with Stoke City, who yesterday sacked Gary Rowett.

The ex-Derby boss was Stoke's first choice when they were looking for a new manager last January, but he turned them down and that led to a saga involving then Ireland boss O'Neill.

The 66-year-old Derryman is keen to return to club management and he is understood to on the Stoke shortlist after former Fulham boss Slavkisa Jokanovic turned down the chance to replace Rowett, who is the third manager to leave the club in 12 months.

With Sam Allardyce ruling himself out and David Moyes likely to wait for a bigger club to come calling, Luton's Nathan Jones and Bristol City manager Gary Johnson are also under consideration.

Rowett was given a £40m transfer kitty last summer to get Stoke straight back into the Premeir League, but they are currently 14th and eight points off the play-offs.

Former Ireland international Rory Delap is among a three-man caretaker coaching team.

Irish Independent