Ireland international Jon Walters feels that Stoke City should be clamouring to appoint his national team manager Martin O’Neill.
Reports on Saturday night suggested that the management duo of O’Neill and Roy Keane have been offered the chance to return to the Premier League, after the club were spurned by first choice Quique Sanchez Flores on Saturday.
Speaking to BBC Sport’s Match of the Day 2 Extra, Walters, who spent seven years as a player at Stoke and disclosed that he is still a fan of the Potters, said that in his capacity as a Stoke fan he would like to O’Neill take the reins and help the club climb away from the relegation zone.
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“I’m a Stoke fan as well, because obviously I was there for so long.
“If I was Stoke City, I’d be clamouring to appoint him. Stoke need organising, they need something because they’re down in the bottom three and it’s such a fantastic club.
I hope they get out of that and I think appointing him, whether Roy would come with him as well — I don’t know the ins and outs and whether he’s been offered it.
“With Ireland, we were fourth favourites to get out of the group behind Serbia, Austria and Wales. Everyone gave us no chance and a lot of people are judging him on the Denmark game, which was a terrible result, but if you look at how we’ve done under him with Ireland I can only sing his praises.”
Stoke are currently 18th in the Premier League table, and face the daunting task of going to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Monday night. The club hope to have Mark Hughes’ replacement in the dugout by next weekend, but whether that turns out to be O’Neill remains to be seen.