Stoke Suffer Double Blow In Managerial Search
It's being reported that it's turned into a bad weekend for Stoke City as they look to replace Mark Hughes and appoint a new manager.
With us waiting on an answer from first choice pick Quique Sanchez Flores, he turned us down the other day and stated his preference was to remain out in Spain with Espanyol, so our attentions turned to Martin O'Neill who was reportedly our second choice.
The Telegraph reported yesterday evening however that they could exclusively reveal that having been offered the job and entered into negotiations with the club, the 65 year old Republic of Ireland boss has decided against coming back into club management with us.
The Telegraph say that despite being flattered by our interest and offered a substantial pay rise, a deal couldn't be done as O'Neill felt he couldn't break a verbal promise made to the Football Association of Ireland when he was offered a new two year deal back in October.
With hopes of appointing a new manager ahead of tonight's clash at Old Trafford against Manchester United, clearly those hopes are now scuppered and even Gary Rowett is now definitely off our radar having signed a new contract at Derby following our interest in him.
Where we go from here, remains to be seen.