Stoke set to appoint O'Neill as manager

Michael O'Neill is currently preparing his side to face Netherlands and Germany next week in 2020 European Qualifiers

It is understood that a compensation agreement is close to being secured between Stoke and the Irish Football Association.

Northern Ireland have given Michael O'Neill permission to speak to Stoke City about their vacant manager's position.

The Championship's bottom club are on the lookout for a new manager after sacking Nathan Jones last week.

O'Neil has been linked with plenty of managerial jobs during his time in charge of the Northern Ireland national team, and speaking to BBC Sport, he said it was nice to be linked with these kind of jobs.

O'Neill, who will double his £750,000-a-year salary at the Bet365 Stadium, is set to be joined by Northern Ireland head scout Andy Cousins.

Stoke are now bottom of the Championship but O'Neill has been told there will be money to spend in January.

Stoke now find themselves bottom of the Championship, having lost 11 of their first 15 matches in the league this season.

The details are still being finalised, including whether O'Neill could still take charge of Northern Ireland in potential Euro 2020 playoffs. It is better to be linked than not linked, let's be honest.

O'Neill has previously managed in Scotland with Brechin City and in Ireland with Shamrock Rovers, where he won two League of Ireland championships with them.

"It is not a distraction for me".

He guided them to their first European Championships in 2016, where they reached the last 16, before just missing out on a first World Cup place since 1986 when Switzerland edged them in the play-offs.



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