Former Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill appointed Stoke’s new manager on three-and-a-half year deal
Stoke City have confirmed the appointment of Michael O’Neill as the club’s new manager on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
The Potters have moved quickly to confirm the appointment of O’Neill after thrashing out a compensation package believed to be worth £650,000 with the Irish Football Association.
The Championship strugglers, who sacked Nathan Jones last week, have won just twice in the league this season and currently lie bottom of the Championship.
That poor of form cost Jones, who left Luton for the bet365 Stadium in January, his job.
O’Neill, who had a hugely successful eight-year stint with Northern Ireland, has been tasked with resurrecting the alarming slump.
The 50-year-old, who led Northern Ireland to their first major tournament in 30 years by securing qualification for Euro 2016, will take charge of the Potters at Barnsley on Saturday.
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O’Neill, who also helped lift the nation from 129th to 20th in the FIFA rankings, oversaw his first training session on Thursday morning.
Stoke have confirmed O’Neill will take charge of Northern Ireland’s final two qualifiers against Holland next Saturday and Germany the following Tuesday.
They currently third in Group C behind the aforementioned duo and face an uphill battle in their quest to reach the tournament.
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