Michael O'Neill: Stoke City appoint Northern Ireland boss as new manager
Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill accepts the Stoke City manager's job but will remain in his international role for any potential Euro 2020 play-off.
Michael O'Neill has been appointed as manager of Stoke City but will take charge of Northern Ireland for any potential Euro 2020 play-off games.
He will take over at the Championship's bottom club immediately and will manage Northern Ireland for their final two qualifiers and any play-off in March.
O'Neill, 50, succeeds Nathan Jones, who was sacked by Stoke on 1 November.
He guided Northern Ireland to Euro 2016 and the brink of the 2018 World Cup during his eight-year reign.
The former Shamrock Rovers boss, who was appointed by the Irish FA in December 2011, met with the Stoke players on Friday morning and took training, and will travel with the team for Saturday's match away to Barnsley.
"We reluctantly agreed to allow Stoke to talk to Michael after they met the compensation requirements. Michael has now agreed terms with the EFL Championship club," Irish FA chief executive Patrick Nelson said.
"Naturally, we are extremely disappointed that Michael is leaving us, however we are delighted all parties have agreed Michael will be in charge of the Northern Ireland team for the games against the Netherlands and Germany and potential Euro 2020 play-off matches next March.
"Everyone in the GAWA family is grateful for Michael's inspirational contribution over the past eight years."O'Neill led NI to the last 16 at the Euro 2016 finals in France