Report explains the contract Stoke City have offered Michael O'Neill

A general view of the pitch at The Bet 365 Stadium the home of Stoke City under the floodlights during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion at Bet365...

Michael O'Neill has reportedly agreed to take over at Championship strugglers Stoke City after doing a brilliant job with Northern Ireland.

Michael O'Neill, Manager of Northern Ireland during the 2020 UEFA European Championships group C qualifying match between Northern Ireland and Estonia at Windsor Park on March 21, 2019 in...

Stoke City will hand Michael O’Neill a £6 million contract as the Championship strugglers look to convince their number one managerial target to walk away from the Northern Ireland job, according to the Sun (8 November, page 62).

After links with Derek McInnes, David Moyes, Uwe Rosler, Chris Hughton and even a potential return for Tony Pulis, O’Neill has emerged as the clear front-runner to take over at the Potteries.


Stoke sacked Nathan Jones after winning just two of their first 14 league games in 2019/20 and, after a week without a manager, the Sun believes that the 50-year-old former Shamrock Rovers coach has already agreed to take up his first ever coaching role in England.

O’Neill has a huge challenge on his hands if he wants to drag Stoke up the table and there is surely a substantial financial reason behind his decision to walk away from his country. The report adds that he is set to double his wages, earning around £1.5 million a season over a four-year deal.

Michael O'Neill, Manager of Northern Ireland looks dejected following the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: Second Leg between Switzerland and Northern Ireland at St. Jakob-Park on...

Stoke will also have to part with around £750,000 in compensation to buy O’Neil out of his contract with the Northern Ireland, which still has another five years left to run.

Yet, with Motherwell’s Stephen Robinson lined up as O’Neill’s successor, it seems that Northern Ireland are planning for life without the man who led them to a first international tournament in three decades.

Motherewell manager Stephen Robinson looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Motherwell at Ibrox Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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