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Martin O'Neill to hold talks with Stoke City over managerial vacancy: reports

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill is to hold talks with Stoke City over succeeding Mark Hughes as the Premier League club's manager, according to reports.

The BBC have claimed that the 65-year-old Ulsterman will hear what Stoke officials have to say before he puts pen to paper on an agreed two-year extension to his spell in charge at the Aviva Stadium.

O'Neill is the evens favourite to take over the club that sacked Hughes following Saturday's FA Cup exit at the hands of Coventry City.

Derby boss Gary Rowett had been the front-runner but opted to remain at his current club, penning an extension to his current deal. Stoke are said to be considering a number of candidates, including former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores, now managing Espanyol.

Stoke are thought to be keen on a quick appointment, ideally before they travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the Premier League on Monday evening.

Former Aston Villa and Celtic boss O'Neill has been in charge of the Republic of Ireland for over four years and has verbally agreed a new two-year deal.

Stoke City are currently 18th in the Premier League table, four points off bottom placed Swansea City.

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