The news that Burnley had sacked long-serving manager Sean Dyche caught English football by surprise on Good Friday and it seems there are a number of Championship clubs keen to capitalise.
The 50-year-old coach took the Clarets up twice and has kept them in the Premier League on a minimal budget with an unforgettable venture into European football along the way.
To assess whether we could see him in the Potters dugout any time soon, we’ve broken down what we know so far and whether it’s likely to happen…
What do we know so far?
Dyche was sacked by Burnley on Good Friday and by Easter Sunday, reports had emerged suggesting he is on the wanted list of both Stoke and West Brom.
The pair are understood to be considering a move for him with the future of their respective current managers uncertain.
It remains to be seen whether Steve Bruce is given the chance to lead Albion into the summer and beyond while significant pressure is building on Michael O’Neill.
Football Insider has reported that there is growing threat that the Northern Irishman could be sacked by Stoke after his side failed to mount a significant promotion challenge this term.
That would seem to leave room for a move for Dyche but things may be made slightly more complicated as he is reportedly still in talks with Burnley over compensation.
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Is it likely to happen?
You can’t rule it out completely but it does seem unlikely that Dyche will be appointed as Stoke boss in the next few weeks.
O’Neill remains at the helm for the time being while the former Burnley boss has just finished a near 10-year spell at Turf Moor and may well want to take a break before deciding on his next move.
On top of that, it would be no surprise if Premier League jobs came his way in the near future and you have to question whether taking charge at Stoke would really appeal to him.
We saw Eddie Howe bide his time for another opportunity in the top flight amid regular links to Championship vacancies and it would make sense for Dyche to do the same.
Unfortunately for the Potters, that may make him an unrealistic target.