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The latest from Ireland

Martin O’Neill, who had cleared his diary last week after all the talk around the Stoke job, did go to the Irish football writers’ dinner on Friday in the end as the Potters seemed set for Flores.

But was seen taking hushed phone calls through the evening and now the Irish press are leaning towards losing their national team manager.

This is from today’s Irish Independent.

O’Neill’s surprise decision to appear at the Irish Soccer Writers’ banquet with his staff on Friday night had heightened speculation that he would agree to stay for an additional two years as the Ireland manager and lead the campaigns for the UEFA Nations League and Euro 2020.

After refusing to speak to his hosts in the Irish media before returning to England early yesterday morning, O’Neill has briefed close confidants that he had a change of heart and would speak to Stoke.

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