Michael O’Neill vows to get Stoke back into the Premier League


New Stoke manager Michael O’Neill has vowed to get the Potters back into the Premier League.

The 50-year-old took training today after signing a three-and-a-half-year contract at the Bet365 stadium and the Northern Ireland boss will be in charge for tomorrow’s clash with Barnsley

O’Neill takes over a side at the bottom of the Championship but believes the foundations are in place to get the club back into the top-flight:

“In this day and age, as a British coach, you have to manage your team into the Premier League and this is a club that I think has the potential to go back to that level,” he told the Stoke City FC website.

“While the club is not in its strongest position at the moment, it previously spent 10 years in the Premier League. Everything’s here to build a top class football club and we have to get everyone aligned to that, thinking in the same way.

“I’m delighted to get what is a great opportunity. For me the ownership is important – the stability that John and Peter Coates (chairman and vice-chairman) give to the club. You know the people you’re working for.

“The whole package as well; the passion that the supporters have, the quality of the playing squad – there are a lot of good players – and hopefully it’s just a case of steering things in the right direction.”

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