Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill leaves after poor start to the season

Former Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill took charge at the club in November 2019 Credit: PA

Stoke City has confirmed manager Michael O’Neill has left the Club.

The Potters have won only one and lost three of their opening five games in the Championship this season, and currently lie 21st in the table.

Joint Chairman John Coates said: “Michael joined us in November 2019 when the Club was in a difficult situation and the job he did in stabilising our position in the Championship should not be underestimated."Michael has worked tirelessly and with extreme professionalism, in particular in reshaping our squad and developing young players, but we feel the time is right to move in a different direction.

"I would like to thank him for his efforts and wish him every success for the future."

Who is Michael O'Neill?

Former Northern Ireland boss O’Neill took charge at the club in November 2019, succeeding Nathan Jones, with them bottom of the second tier at the time.

They went on to finish 15th that season, then 14th in each of the next two campaigns.

Stoke – who this term have also been eliminated from the Carabao Cup by League One Morecambe – are next in action when they take on Blackburn at Ewood Park on Saturday.

What will happen next at Stoke City?

Assistant manager Dean Holden will take interim charge of the first-team.

The Club has begun the process of appointing a new manager and will be making no further comment at this time.