Gary Rowett, Martin O'Neill on Stoke City shortlist to replace Mark Hughes?

Rowett, Martin O'Neill on Stoke shortlist?
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Stoke City reportedly identify Derby County manager Gary Rowett and Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill as the early contenders to replace Mark Hughes.

Stoke City have reportedly identified Derby County manager Gary Rowett and Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill as the early contenders to replace former manager Mark Hughes.

Hughes was sacked following Stoke's exit from the FA Cup to League Two side Coventry City on Saturday, and the club are ideally seeking an British manager to take over at the bet365 Stadium.

The Stoke Sentinel reports that former Birmingham City boss Rowett, 43, who has no Premier League experience, is being considered by Stoke owners Peter and John Coates.

Also on the shortlist is O'Neill, who has managed Leicester City, Aston Villa and Sunderland in the top flight and could combine the Stoke post with his Republic of Ireland job, should the Potters make a move for the 65-year-old.

The source also says, however, that Stoke are not expected to begin the search for a new boss until next week.

The club have a week to prepare for their fixture against Manchester United a week on Monday.

Mark Hughes reacts during the Premier League game between Stoke City and Bournemouth on October 21, 2017
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