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‘Not for me’, ‘Steer clear’ – Former Ireland manager potentially interesting Stoke City: The verdict

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Stoke City continue to struggle to get some momentum going in their Championship season.

Another three points chucked away at Reading yesterday summed up their season so far really, as the Potters conceded in the final minutes to stay down in mid-table.

The Potters, who spent big in the summer, were widely tipped to be one of the big hitters in the Championship this season, but maager Gary Rowett has so far failed to get the winning formula going on a consistent basis for his squad.

And with news emerging today that former Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is potentially interesting the Stoke board, the pressure will continue to increase on the former Derby and Birmingham boss.

O’Neill has been out of work since leaving his post with the Irish national team a few months back, but he is still a name in the game, and there is bound to be some interest from clubs who are considering changing managers.

With that in mind, we asked our writers here at FLW to have their say on if O’Neill is right for Stoke at the moment…

George Harbey

I don’t think they should hire him.
Rowett is finally improving things at Stoke and deserves to be given time after spending so much in the summer.
Stoke should steer clear of O’Neill.
Lee Connor
Not for me this one, I think O’Neill’s days have been and gone, especially for a club wanting to win promotion.
O’Neill is the type of manager who can come in and rescue a team who are being faced with the drop, but Stoke are a long way from that.
Stoke should stick with Rowett, it’s pointless to keep making rash changes.
Gary Hutchinson
I’d get rid of Rowett and put anyone in right now. He’s not the man to lead Stoke forward.
His side looks flat, his recruitment is muddled and he should be doing far better than he is.
I’m surprised he’s still there at all.

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