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Stoke sack boss O'Neill

Stoke City have sacked manager Michael O'Neill after a poor start to the Championship season.

Stoke have won just one of their first five Championship games, leaving them one place outside of the bottom three after targeting promotion in pre-season.

They were beaten 1-0 at home to Sunderland on Saturday and, earlier this month, they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the first round by League One Morecambe.

Assistant manager Dean Holden will take interim charge of the first team.

Stoke's joint-chairman John Coates said in a statement: "Michael joined us in November 2019 when the club was in a difficult situation and the job he did in stabilising our position in the Championship should not be underestimated.

Michael has worked tirelessly and with extreme professionalism, in particular in reshaping our squad and developing young players, but we feel the time is right to move in a different direction. I would like to thank him for his efforts and wish him every success for the future."

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