Stoke ‘launch bid to name Steve Clarke as their new manager’ following sacking of Nathan Jones and rejection in pursuit of Preston’s Alex Neil
- Stoke have made a bold move to try and land Scotland manager Steve Clarke
- The Potters parted company with Nathan Jones after a poor start to the season
- Clarke, it is claimed, has already told Stoke he is not interested in joining them
- Stoke did want Alex Neil but were reported by Preston for an illegal approach
Stoke have made an ambitious move to try and land Scotland manager Steve Clarke as their replacement for the sacked Nathan Jones.
The Potters parted company with Jones last week after a poor start to the Championship season that has left them fighting a relegation battle.
They are now scouring the managerial market for a successor and have identified Clarke as a possible replacement.
Stoke have made an ambitious move to try and land Scotland manager Steve Clarke
The Potters sacked Nathan Jones last week following their dismal start to the season
According to The Sun, Stoke have made initial contract with Clarke to ask about his availability and interest in taking the role.
It is claimed the initial offer has been rebuffed though with Clarke not giving the former Premier League side ‘any optimism’ that he will leave his post with Scotland.
Clarke’s future as national team coach has already been called into question, despite him only taking charge in May.
Under his management Scotland have won just two of his matches and they now face a nervy Nations League play-off to try and qualify for next summer’s European Championships.
Alex Neil had been Stokes’ first choice replacement for Jones but Preston North End reported them over an alleged illegal approach for him.
The Potters have been heavily linked with Alex Neil who is working wonders at Preston
The Deepdale club reacted angrily to widespread reports that Neil was Stoke’s favoured choice and that he was ready to take on the challenge of resurrecting the Championship’s bottom placed club.
Bookmakers also installed Neil as favourite after a flurry of bets on Friday.
North End said there had been no official approach from Stoke for Neil and, in an official statement, said there are now no circumstances under which Stoke would be given permission to speak to the 38-year-old.
‘Following recent press speculation Preston North End Football Club can confirm that their manager Alex Neil has reiterated his commitment to the football club and to the contract that he signed earlier this year,’ it read.
‘Now that this speculation has been dismissed once and for all we can concentrate on what matters which is results on the field.’