Martin O'Neill Set For Stoke City Talks Tonight


Martin O'Neill's future at The Boys In Green is up in the air following reports that he's in talks with managerless Stoke City, who axed Mark Hughes last weekend, although it now appears that the Potters could instead opt for Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores.

It is believed O'Neill is prepared to resign from his Ireland post rather adopt the job-sharing arrangement that had been floated as a compromise to appease the FAI.

That is despite the fact he is still operating as Ireland manager.

"It's like being engaged - you shouldn't be going out with other people".

The Bet365 Stadium hierarchy had initially wanted Gary Rowett only for the Derby County boss to sign a new deal at Pride Park, but there would be no such issues with O'Neill since he has not yet put pen to paper on a new contract with the Football Association of Ireland and his last one has now expired.

He has verbally agreed to stay on in Dublin, but with no deal signed it is looking increasingly likely that he could be tempted by a return to full-time club management and former Manchester United and Ireland captain Keane is nearly certain to follow him to the bet365 Stadium should he agree on a move.

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Should Keane not leave then Steve Walford, Steve Guppy and Seamus McDonagh are in contention for roles.

O'Neill has yet to sign his new Ireland deal, but has a verbal agreement in place with the FAI to remain in charge through Euro 2020.

The FAI insisted that yesterday was no different to any other day, and that O'Neill would be flying to the UEFA Nations League draw later this month as Irish manager.

Despite O'Neill taking time off for a holiday to reflect, fears of him walking away were allayed by his visit to the FAI headquarters before Christmas to plan for 2018 and attend the association's Christmas party.

He told RTE Radio 1: "It's embarrassing for the FAI".