Martin O'Neill turns down the chance to manage Stoke City

Lynette Rowe
January 15, 2018

The Republic of Ireland boss looked set to move to the bet365 Stadium but has now removed himself from the running, Press Association Sport understands.

The Telegraph reports that Stoke have been locked in discussions with O'Neill over the past 72 hours and at one stage appeared to have convinced the 65-year-old to step down from his role with the Irish national team.

O'Neill met the Stoke hierarchy last night about taking over at a club sitting 18th in the Premier League.

The Potteries club came back in for O'Neill yesterday after their attempt to land Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores fell through.

Stoke native Coates is a self-made billionaire, restricting his board to just four colleagues, including his son John and Stoke and England legend Gordon Banks, and has opted against following the modern model of appointing a director of football to oversee transfer activity.

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Stoke terminated the contract of Mark Hughes after they were eliminated from the FA Cup in a 2-1 loss to League Two side Coventry City.

Ireland's next game is a March friendly in Turkey.

"Here I have all I need".

O'Neill has worked alongside Keane in the Ireland job since 2013 and the pair helped the nation reach Euro 2016, while just missing out on qualification to this summer's World Cup after losing a two-legged play-off against Denmark in November.

Both O'Neill and the FAI have so far refused to comment on the increasing speculation in the last few days. At the start of 2018, these latest developments indicate the only contract poised to be inked by O'Neill are those belonging to Stoke City.

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