London – Championship strugglers Stoke introduced Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill as their new manager on a three-and-a-half 12 months contract on Friday.
O’Neill will take cost of Saturday’s go to to Barnsley, however will return to guide Northern Ireland’s remaining two Euro 2020 qualifiers towards Germany and the Netherlands later this month and potential playoff matches in March.
Northern Ireland might nonetheless qualify routinely as they path each Germany and the Netherlands by three factors in Group C with two video games to play, however are prone to obtain a second probability by way of a Nations League playoff even when they fail to supply a large upset of their remaining two qualifiers.
O’Neill, 50, has impressed in eight years accountable for Northern Ireland, taking them to a primary main match in 30 years at Euro 2016, the place they reached the final 16.
“We reluctantly agreed to allow Stoke to talk to Michael after they met the compensation requirements,” Northern Irish FA chief government Patrick Nelson stated in a press release.
“Naturally, we’re extraordinarily dissatisfied that Michael is leaving us.
“Nonetheless we’re delighted all events have agreed Michael shall be accountable for the Northern Ireland staff for the video games towards Holland and Germany and potential Euro 2020 play-off matches in March.”
Stoke, relegated from the Premier League in 2018, sacked Nathan Jones per week in the past with the Potters all-time low of the Championship with simply eight factors from their first 15 video games.