Stoke City's search for new boss goes on
Stoke City's star has fallen and the former Premier League stalwarts find themselves at the foot of the Championship table ahead of Monday's game with West Brom. Their Midland's rivals can go top with a win.
They would replace Preston who went top on Sunday after winning at Charlton. The irony not being lost on Potters fans given their club's number one target is rumoured to be Alex Neil, North End's manager. Neil though, was quick to dismiss these rumours after the game on Sunday and Stoke may well have to look elsewhere.
It seems a long time since Mark Hughes engineered back-to-back top eight finishes for Stoke but Paul Lambert, Gary Rowett and more recently Nathan Jones have failed to stop the slide down the table.
Former boss Tony Pulis (pic) and David Moyes - a close friend of Stokes CEO, Tony Scholes head a list of likely candidates. With Stoke already six points from safety, whoever takes over faces a big task.
Jones was sacked on Friday after the Stoke Board finally ran out of patience, but it was no shock with only two wins so far this season. Jones has only won half a dozen or so games since he took over in the New Year and a drop down to League 1 would be unthinkable for the ambitious Stoke owners.