Stoke City have confirmed Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill as the club’s new manager after just a week without a man at the helm.
It was first reported yesterday that the Potters had approached the Irish FA in order to seek permission to talk to Michael O’Neill about the vacant manager’s role at the Bet 365 Stadium.
The Sky Bet Championship’s bottom club have been without a manager since they sacked former Luton Town boss Nathan Jones last Friday (November 1), but after just a week of searching they have finally got their man.
According to BBC Sport, O’Neill will take charge of the second tier club with immediate effect, but the club have agreed that O’Neill is allowed to remain in charge of the Northern Irish national team for the country’s remaining two qualifiers with Germany and the Netherlands, as well as any potential Play-Offs for the 2020 European Championships.
Speaking about O’Neill’s departure with the BBC, Patrick Nelson, the Irish FA Chief Executive, said: “We reluctantly agreed to allow Stoke to talk to Michael after they met the compensation requirements. Michael has now agreed terms with the EFL Championship club.”
“Naturally, we are extremely disappointed that Michael is leaving us, however we are delighted all parties have agreed Michael will be in charge of the Northern Ireland team for the games against the Netherlands and Germany and potential Euro 2020 play-off matches next March.”
O’Neill has been in charge of the Green and White Army for eight years, guiding them to their first appearance at a major tournament in 30 years when they qualified for Euro 2016.