Stoke City have confirmed the appointment of Michael O’Neill as the club’s new manager on a three-and-half-year deal.
The Potters have moved quickly to confirm the appointment of the 50-year-old, having thrashed 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.
He arrives at Stoke with solid credentials, having led Northern Ireland to their first major tournament in 30 years after securing qualification for Euro 2016.
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O’Neill, who helped lift Northern Ireland from 129th to 20th in the FIFA rankings, see his side currently third in Group C behind the Netherlands and Germany in their quest to reach Euro 2020.
The same publication claim that Stoke are prepared to double his salary to £1.5million a year, but he is expected to remain in charge of Northern Ireland for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Holland and Germany before taking up his role.
He is also set to be joined at the Potters by Northern Ireland head scout Andy Cousins.
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