Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Martin O'Neill Set For Stoke City Talks Tonight

Martin O'Neill Set For Stoke City Talks Tonight

Former Irish worldwide Kevin Kilbane gave his opinion about what may have a bearing on O'Neill's decision to move on.

However, reports emerging over the past 24 hours indicate that Espanyol coach Quique Sánchez Flores is the preferred man to take over at the Potters, with O'Neill believed to be the club's second choice.

He deems the club's traditional values to his liking, unlike several other Premier League outfits controlled by foreign ownership.

Stoke City remain keen on appointing Martin O'Neill as their new manager and are making a concerted attempt to persuade him to leave the Republic of Ireland are four years in global football.

They claim O'Neill is in "pole position" to succeed Hughes, sacked after Stoke's dismal 2-1 FA Cup defeat to League Two side Coventry.

O'Neill has reportedly always been held in high regard by the bet365 stadium chiefs.

What's more, it appears that Roy Keane will likely be part of any potential deal with O'Neil.

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

All of which leaves the FAI with a sense of regret at not nailing down O'Neill to the contract extension he verbally agreed to last October.

Those comments were aired in the immediate aftermath of Ireland's hammering at the hands of Denmark in the November World Cup play-off.

Contrary to previous reports that he would not be present, there has been confirmation today that O'Neill and his backroom staff will attend the annual SWAI banquet this evening, as has traditionally been the case during his time as manager.

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