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Michael O'Neill set to take charge of Northern Ireland if they qualify for Euro 2020
EXCLUSIVE: Sportsmail understands that candidates to replace Michael O'Neill believe they would have to wait until after Euro 2020 finals to take over should the team make it through.

FA investigating Barnsley after fans chant anti-IRA and anti-Pope songs aimed at James McClean 
EXCLUSIVE BY MIKE KEEGAN: A small section of fans of the home club were heard to sing songs including the words 'f*** the Pope and the IRA' and 'f*** the IRA' a number of times.

AHEAD OF THE GAME: Michael O'Neill's first job at Stoke? Selling off all their big names
MATT HUGHES - AHEAD OF THE GAME: Stoke City's new manager, Michael O'Neill, may be forced to sell players in January to help club avoid falling foul of EFL's profit and sustainability rules.

PETER CROUCH: I knocked out a fellow pro... and it still leaves me cold
PETER CROUCH: During a freak football accident, I knocked out a fellow pro. It was one of the scariest incidents I experienced on a pitch. For this reason, I know exactly how Son Heung-min must feel.

Stoke appoint Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill as boss
The Potters sacked Nathan Jones a week ago after he failed to point them back in the direction of the Premier League, and they have now turned to the highly regarded O'Neill.

Michael O'Neill to quit Northern Ireland to become the new Stoke City boss
Stoke have made a formal approach to the Irish FA and are ready to pay the £650,000 compensation figure included in the new contract Michael O'Neill signed in February 2018 to bring him to the Potteries.

Tottenham Star Opens Up About Future: 3 Replacements Spurs Could Target Including Stoke Ace

As reported by ESPN, Hugo Lloris has confirmed that he would be open to playing in the Major League Soccer in future. The Frenchman, at the age of 32, is already heading into the final phase of his career. And he could envision moving to the MLS in the future, which means Lilywhites need to […]

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Forshaw With 8, Costa 6.5 | Leeds United Players Rated In Their Narrow Shootout Loss Vs Stoke City

Stoke City were hammered by Leeds United a few days back in the Championship, but they showed good spirit in the League Cup tie as they surprisingly went past Leeds United in the second round. This is United’s first loss of the season even though they didn’t lose in normal time as Stoke won on […]

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Nketiah And Costa To Start Up Front | 3-4-1-2 Leeds United Predicted Lineup Vs Stoke City

Leeds United will square up against Stoke City again, this time in the League Cup encounter after demolishing them in the Championship tie earlier. The Whites were head and shoulders above the Potters and Stoke are now rooted in the bottom of the table. The Whites have looked impressive, but they know that they need […]

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Norwich City Keen On Signing This English Goalkeeper: A Necessary Target For The Canaries?

According to The Sun, Norwich City are prepared to make a move for Jack Butland if Stoke City lower their asking fee for the goalkeeper. It is believed that the Canaries are ready to pay around £12-13 million. But, it is way below Stoke’s reported valuation of £25 million. However, the report claims that Butland’s asking price […]

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Hernandez With 8, Berardi 7 | Leeds United Players Rated In Their Comfortable Win Vs Stoke City

Leeds United continued their excellent start to the Championship as they secured a 3-0 victory against Stoke City. Stoke started well, but the Whites were the dominant side as they created waves of attacks after they settled in the first half. Klich had one half-chance early on. Fullback Stuart Dallas who was a doubt to […]

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Nketiah To Start, Shackleton In Defence | 4-1-4-1 Leeds United Predicted Lineup Vs Stoke City

Leeds United are on top of the table in the Championship on goal difference, and they will look to register maximum points again when they take on Stoke City this weekend. The Whites had to wait a long time to score against Brentford and Bielsa will hope that his team can convert the chances and […]

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Five youngest goal scorers in Champions League history
The opening two gameweeks of the Champions League has already seen four teenage talents make their mark in the goals scored column, with Red Bull Salzburg’s 19-year-old goal machine Erling Braut Haland hitting the headlines for his hat-trick against Genk. Whilst the quartet, including Manchester City’s Phil Foden, are all impressing at a young age on …

Ranking the seven managers to take charge of 400 Premier League games
Having guided Newcastle to an upset victory over Manchester United at St James’ Park this weekend, Steve Bruce joined an exclusive club of managers to have taken charge of 400 Premier League games. The Newcastle boss became just the seventh man to achieve the feat, an achievement that is a testament to his longevity in the …

The five best Premier League finishes by newly promoted clubs
For the vast majority of newly promoted club’s, simply preserving their top-flight status is the sole objective in their debut Premier League campaigns. Research suggests a little under half of all teams promoted to the Premier League suffer relegation after just one season, but there are of course exceptions to every rule. We take a …

Vidic discusses the best strikers he ever played against in the Premier League
Nemanja Vidic has discussed the most difficult opponents he faced during his Manchester United career. The former Serbia international won five Premier League titles during a hugely successful eight-year spell at Old Trafford, being named as club captain and establishing himself as one of the division’s all-time great central defenders. Vidic left Manchester United in 2014 before …

Roy Keane lambasts Walters for ‘crying over family situation’ on television
This just in: Roy Keane and Jonathan Walters still do not like each other. If anyone was still wondering whether or not the former Manchester United captain was worried about how people thought of him, then his comments last night should dispel any notion once and for all. As is his way, Keane spared no …

Football’s Ultimate Sh*thouse XI
Gobby agitators, sly snakes, pantomime villains; this is how we choose to describe the players who employ the ‘dark arts’ in football, but they are just polite ways of talking about the shithouses that pervade the game at all levels. While they might be more common the lower down the food chain you go, you’ll …

Marcelo Bielsa rues lack of clarity in play as Leeds United crash out of Carabao Cup
Marcelo Bielsa has insisted that it was hard for his team to create chances in the first-half, resulting in them playing catch-up.

Manchester United 3-0 Leeds United - 3 talking points
Three talking points from the pre-season fixture.

'Ronaldo has given me the dirtiest look I’ve ever seen', says former Manchester United player
The former United player has recalled his experience with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Opinion: Xherdan Shaqiri should never have left Stoke City
Did he make the right decision to move to Anfield?

Twitter reacts as hilarious story of Peter Crouch and Xabi Alonso's wife goes viral
Crouch has recalled the time he met Alonso's wife Nagore Aranburu - not knowing that she was dating the ex-Real Madrid maestro.

7 Former Manchester United stars who are still playing
These footballer were once stars at Old Trafford and have all won trophies under Sir Alex, however, they have not hung up their boots yet

3 Winners and 3 Losers from Championship gameweek 7 including Leeds United and Swansea City

2019-20 EFL Championship: 3 Winners and 3 Losers from Round 7 The players returned to action for their respective clubs this weekend when the international break finally came to an end and Round 7 of the 2019-20 EFL Championship witnessed quite a few twists and turns, most notably, with Leeds United displacing Swansea City to […]

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Winners and Losers from gameweek 5 of the EFL Championship including Leeds and Charlton

Winners and Losers from gameweek 5 of the EFL Championship There was no shortage of drama, excitement, talking points and emotions in Round 5 of the 2019-20 EFL Championship this weekend and whilst some teams will be really happy with their position in the standings after the first five games, others are likely to know […]

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5 Talking points from round 5 of the EFL Championship including Swansea’s hot streak and Grabban’s brace

2019-20 EFL Championship: 5 Talking Points from Round 5 The 2019-20 season of the EFL Championship is underway in full swing and Round 5 had plenty in store for all sets of fans, with the weekend ending in ecstasy for some sections and in agony for others.  There was hardly any shortage of thrills and […]

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5 Instances when Premier League teams swapped players between themselves

5 Instances when Premier League teams swapped players between themselves Swap deals between clubs playing in the same league are rare occurrences in football, especially in the Premier League, where the clubs are rather reluctant to sell their star players to their rivals. Even if they do agree to do business, outright cash is what […]

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Aston Villa’s £20m pursuit of this Bristol-born goalkeeping ace would surely make their defence unbreachable – Agreed?

Aston Villa Opinion: Why Aston Villa should make a swoop for Jack Butland According to the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa are weighing up a £20m bid for Stoke City and England international shot-stopper Jack Butland, with reports claiming that the Lions are looking to add depth and quality to all areas of their squad in […]

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Sheffield United re-signing this veteran defensive beast would be just what they need for an impenetrable backline

Sheffield United Opinion: Phil Jagielka’s sensational return to Bramall Lane could be a massive boost for the Blades According to Stoke-on-Trent Live, Phil Jagielka has been linked with a sensational return to Sheffield United this summer, with reports claiming that the Blades are set to battle it out with Championship outfit Stoke City for the […]

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  • Fri, 08 Nov 2019 13:13:39 +0000: What Stoke can expect after prising Michael O'Neill from Northern Ireland | Ewan Murray - Stoke City | The Guardian

    Stoke’s attraction to O’Neill is obvious – he maximises resources by creating an environment players relish

    One of Michael O’Neill’s final acts as the Northern Ireland manager emphasises why the lure of club football was always going to prove too strong eventually. O’Neill used to adopt self-deprecating humour when explaining how seeking out international players from the nether regions of the game had become normality. A trip to Blackpool v Peterborough in League One where the reason for attending, Jordan Thompson, went unused summed up a scenario whereby O’Neill had created national heroes from the unlikeliest of backdrops. There was time for the 50-year-old to attend Celtic’s League Cup demolition of Hibernian later the same day; none of the 36 players listed are eligible to play for Northern Ireland.

    O’Neill’s achievements with the national side barely need explaining. In what mirrors the situation now, as the 50-year-old steps into Stoke City, eyebrows were raised when he swapped a highly successful tenure at Shamrock Rovers for his country. The assumption was that O’Neill could and should have instead claimed a club post in England. As the Northern Irish toiled – there was a friendly draw with Malta before competitive losses to Azerbaijan and Luxembourg – the manager’s leap into international football appeared outright folly.

    Related: How Michael O’Neill raised Northern Ireland’s game – in South America | Andy Hunter

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  • Thu, 07 Nov 2019 17:10:00 +0000: Stoke confident of landing Northern Ireland’s Michael O’Neill as manager - Stoke City | The Guardian
    • Stoke understood to be willing to pay wage of up to £1.5m a year
    • O’Neill could join but still oversee two internationals this month

    Stoke are increasingly confident of appointing Michael O’Neill as their manager in a deal that would allow the 50-year-old to still take charge of Northern Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Netherlands and Germany. Stoke hope to have O’Neill looking on when they play Barnsley at Oakwell on Saturday.

    O’Neill has a contract until 2024 worth £800,000 a year with the Irish Football Association, which confirmed on Thursday it had received an approach from Stoke.

    Related: Stoke City sack Nathan Jones with club in Championship relegation zone

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  • Mon, 04 Nov 2019 22:21:31 +0000: West Brom return to top of Championship with easy win over Stoke - Stoke City | The Guardian

    Matt Phillips and Hal Robson-Kanu fired West Brom back to the top of the Championship as Stoke remain rooted to the bottom after a disappointing 2-0 defeat.

    The midfielder Phillips’ sixth goal of the season gave the Baggies a sixth-minute lead and Robson-Kanu’s second-half penalty ensured they comfortably avoided an upset at the Bet365 Stadium and leapfrogged Preston at the summit.

    Related: Cardiff face three-window transfer ban if they do not pay for Emiliano Sala

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  • Fri, 01 Nov 2019 12:17:00 +0000: Stoke City sack Nathan Jones with club in Championship relegation zone - Stoke City | The Guardian
    • Potteries’ club have endured worst start for more than century
    • Millwall defeat last weekend sealed fate for manager

    Stoke City sacked manager Nathan Jones on Friday following a disastrous start to the season that has left the club second bottom of the Championship after losing 10 of their 14 league matches this season. Stoke’s hierarchy are believed to have eventually lost faith in the former Luton manager’s ability to be able to turn around results after slipping to successive defeats before Monday’s home match against league leaders West Brom.

    There were signs of a revival after Stoke recorded back-to-back victories for the first time since October 2018 when they beat Swansea and Fulham last month but defeats at Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday led to the club’s hierarchy taking action. Before that last-gasp victory over Swansea, Jones was resigned to being sacked, while a poor performance would have likely resulted in his dismissal, but Scott Hogan’s stoppage-time winner earned Jones an unlikely stay of execution.

    Related: The Fiver | 'In the words of Miley Cyrus, it’s the climb.' Or not

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  • Sat, 05 Oct 2019 16:25:57 +0000: Scott Hogan’s late strike gives Stoke first win after fightback at Swansea - Stoke City | The Guardian

    The thudding sound from the away dressing room said it all, with Mumford & Sons’ I Will Wait a very apt song choice given Stoke City had just toasted their first league win of the season at the 11th time of asking. A subtle wink from Nathan Jones, who was resigned to losing his job in midweek after an eighth league defeat, towards the directors’ box – where the chairman, Peter Coates, his son, John, the vice-chairman, and Tony Scholes, the chief executive – spoke volumes.

    As a conga of delirious supporters charged down from the top tier to the bottom to celebrate their side’s first league win for 182 days, Jones punched the air and pointed to the directors’ box.

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  • Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:16:27 +0000: Crouch still hungry for goals at Stoke - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Stoke City | BBC
    Stoke City striker Peter Crouch, who turns 37 in January, wants to carry on playing football as long as he can.
  • Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:53:36 +0000: Bennell charged with 14 further offences - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Stoke City | BBC
    Ex-football coach Barry Bennell faces 14 further charges of historical sex abuse, prosecutors say.
  • Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:20:00 +0000: Stoke keen to extend Shawcross contract - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Stoke City | BBC
    Stoke City hope to extend Ryan Shawcross' contract and also sign loan man Bruno Martins Indi on a more permanent deal.
  • Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:00:05 +0000: Premier League fixtures in full - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Stoke City | BBC
    Find out your club's full fixture list for the 2017-18 Premier League season.
  • Thu, 01 Jun 2017 16:19:13 +0000: Stoke sign Fletcher on free transfer - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Stoke City | BBC
    Stoke have signed midfielder Darren Fletcher on a free transfer from West Brom on a two-year deal.