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Stoke turn their attention to international man after missing out on top target

The Stoke City fans in the Transfer Tavern are still waiting to find out who their next manager will be. Mark Hughes was dismissed from his role as Stoke City boss after their embarrassing 2-1 defeat at Coventry City in the FA Cup Third Round.

The Potters are currently in the relegation zone of the Premier League and the next appointment must be the right one to avoid relegation to the Championship. They have already failed in their attempts to snap up Gary Rowett from Derby County as the former Burton Albion and Birmingham City man opted to sign a new contract at Pride Park instead.

And now they have missed out on another top target. According to Sky Sports News, Quique Sanchez Flores has turned down the chance to become the next Stoke City manager. Flores, formerly of Watford, had agreed a deal to become Stoke’s manager, subject to the terms in his contract. But the Espanyol boss – who Stoke were set to pay £3.5m in compensation for – has since rejected this move.

According to an exclusive report by The Telegraph, Stoke are now moving for Martin O’Neill. The Republic of Ireland manager is their priority now but the length of the contract could prove pivotal.

The Verdict

O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane would certainly shake things up at Stoke. But this needs to be wrapped up soon so he can do what is needed in the January transfer window. With plenty of Premier League experience under his belt, O’Neill could be the man to save Stoke from the drop this term.

Stoke fans – Would you like O’Neill? Let us know below…

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