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Sunderland confirm Neil in talks with Stoke

 Sunderland have confirmed that manager Alex Neilhas entered into discussions with Stoke regarding their current managerial vacancy.

Sunderland said: "Following a formal approach by SCFC, the club is contractually obliged to permit the Head Coach to start a dialogue with the Potters.

"The club is committed to retaining Alex’s services as head coach and will be making no further comment at this moment in time."

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. Michael O'Neill was sacked on Thursday.

Neil's stock is high, following a terrific six months at Sunderland where he gained promotion to the Championship. Sunderland have not given up hope of keeping Neil, and are having conversations internally with their manager.

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