Martin O’Neill set to remain Ireland boss as he rejects Stoke

Martin O’Neill has rejected the chance to become Stoke’s new manager.

The Republic of Ireland boss looked set to move to the bet365 Stadium but has now removed himself from the running, it is understood

His decision leaves Stoke in limbo in their search to replace Mark Hughes after failing to land any of their top three targets.

Martin O’Neill set to remain Ireland boss as he rejects Stoke

O'Neill, Quique Sanchez Flores and Gary Rowett had all been targeted by the Potters after they sacked Hughes last week.

Rowett signed a new contract at Derby, while Sanchez Flores opted to stay at Espanyol, despite holding talks with Stoke in the week.

O'Neill's decision leaves him clear to remain with Ireland, having reportedly made a verbal agreement to sign a new contract.

The former Leicester and Celtic manager has been in charge of the country since 2013, but they failed to reach this year's World Cup, losing in the play-offs to Denmark.

Stoke could now make a short-term appointment until the end of the season as they decide their next move.

The Potters have slipped into the relegation zone after a run of just two wins in 12 Premier League matches and Hughes was sacked after a shock 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Sky Bet League Two Coventry.

Coach Eddie Niedzwiecki has been in temporary charge since Hughes' departure, taking training ahead of the Monday's league trip to Manchester United, and will pick the team at Old Trafford.

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