Stoke want new coach Sean Daichi after brutally sacking Michael O’Neill just five games into the championship season

StOKE CITY lines up for former Burnley coach Sean Daichi after Michael O’Neill’s sacking.

The Potters are looking for a new captain just 48 hours before they face Blackburn for the Championship Tour.

Stoke showed Michael O'Neill the door after just five games of the season


Stoke showed Michael O’Neill the door after just five games of the seasoncredit: rex
The Potters have already begun lining up former Burnley coach Sean Daichi to replace O'Neill


The Potters have already begun lining up former Burnley coach Sean Daichi to replace O’Neillcredit: PA

The no-nonsense Dyche is believed to be Stoke’s number one goal to replace the Northern Irish.

O’Neill, 50, became the first victim of the championship this season after paying the price for the potters’ poor start to the season.

SunSport understands that the ax fell this morning when co-chairman John Coates called a meeting with O’Neill and informed him that his time in pottery was over after two years and nine months at the helm.

Under O’Neill, Stoke ended his disappointing 14th season and opened this campaign with just one win from its first five games.

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They also faltered from the Carabao Cup in the first round, losing 5-3 on penalties to Premier League Morecambe after a goalless draw.

Stoke started the new season with high hopes for promotion but lost 2-0 at Millwall on the opening day of the campaign, before recovering to defeat Blackpool by the same scoreline.

But they failed to build on that win and worse followed when they lost 3-1 at Huddersfield Town, drew 2-2 with Middlesbrough and then lost 1-0 at home to Sunderland on Saturday.

This result and performance sealed O’Neill’s fate as the potters’ owners, led by John and Peter Coates, decided they had to take decisive action after a dismal 2022.

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O’Neill looked perfect for Stoke when he replaced Nathan Jones in November 2019 on the back of a stellar eight years in charge of the Northern Ireland national team.

However, he left with the club 21 in the championship, one place above the relegation zone.

Daichi appears to be the favorite to replace him after Burnley sacked him in April.

The speed of Stoke’s decision to sack O’Neill shocked fans and he is the second Premier League manager to be eliminated this season after Robbie Stockdale was sent off by League Two Rochdale last week.

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