Former Stoke City defender Robert Huth has touched on the arrival of Michael O’Neill as manager at his former club.
Northern Irish coach O’Neill was appointed at Stoke following the sacking of Nathan Jones on November 1st.
Jones, who arrived earlier this year at the Bet365 Stadium, struggled to find any consistency with the former Premier League side, gaining just two wins, two draws and eleven defeats in the opening 15 Championship league games of this season.
O’Neill, who took charge of his first game against Barnsley last weekend – guided Stoke to a 4-2 win which helped move them off bottom spot.
Sam Clucas netted an impressive brace, before Joe Allen and a Lee Gregory penalty ensured the victory.
Following the international break, Stoke face Wigan Athletic and Huth has said that his former side must push on from their third win of the season last Saturday.
Speaking at ‘An Audience with…’ event on Thursday evening, Huth said “Michael O’Neill seems to be the right man for the job, hopefully they can build on the recent win after the international break.”
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Joining Huth at the event was former striker Jonathan Walters, who announced that he would be making a return to the club, taking up a coaching role with the academy setup at Clayton Wood training ground.
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Of course, a win for O’Neill against Wigan is a must. Huth did not clearly give his blessing at the appointment of the Northern Irish coach through his comment, but gave more of a cautious approach.
The win over Barnsley was a good one, but it must be remembered that they are sitting rock bottom.
Wigan, who sit 20th in the table are battling to push themselves up the table like Stoke – meaning O’Neill will face his very first true challenge as boss.