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07 Jan

Stoke consider Rowett and O Neill

Gary Rowett and Martin O'Neill are front-runners under consideration by Stoke City as a possible replacement for Mark Hughes, Sky Sports News understands.

Hughes was fired on Saturday night after his side's dreadful run of form continued with a 2-1 defeat by League Two side Coventry in the third round of the FA Cup.Stoke would like to have a new manager in position in time for the game against Manchester United on January 15 but Sky Sports News has been told the club hasn't ruled out the possibility of an interim appointment until the summer.The club's board will begin the process of drawing up a shortlist of candidates on Monday and, whilst the preference would be for a British manager, Stoke's hierarchy will not rule out foreign coaches.