Martin O'Neill Set For Stoke City Talks Tonight

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

While it was thought that Keane might stay with the FAI in a relatively smooth succession deal, the paper reports that Keane is likely to follow O'Neill across the water.

Kilbane said: "The criticism he received after that Denmark game, that's certainly got to play on his mind".

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.

The Potters are looking to bring in a replacement for Mark Hughes after he was axed following a dismal Premier League run and subsequent FA Cup exit at the hands of League Two Coventry City last Saturday.

Given the requirement to regain stability at the Bet365 Stadium following a disastrous 2017, sources claim Stoke would want O'Neill on an undivided basis.

It is now a straight choice between Ireland's Martin O'Neill and Espanyol's to be the next manager, as the club held further discussions on Thursday.

For their part, the FAI are now less confident than they had been about keeping O'Neill, having only verbally agreed a new deal at the end of the country's 2018 World Cup qualification campaign.

And the Derryman will be joined by his assistant Roy Keane and backroom staff Steve Guppy, Steve Walford and Seamus McDonagh.

He told RTE Radio 1: "It's embarrassing for the FAI". Keane will nearly certainly join O'Neill at the Bet365 Stadium if Stoke can agree terms with them.

O'Neill has now chose to attend the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland annual awards banquet.

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