According to Stoke-on-Trent Live, Stoke City have drawn up a four-man shortlist to take over at the helm of affairs should they choose to part ways with current manager Nathan Jones, who is currently under scrutiny following the Potters’ nightmarish start to the season.
Stoke City would certainly have harboured hopes of challenging for promotion to the Premier League at the start of the campaign but, in a bizarre twist of fate, the Potters currently find themselves languishing bottom of the table in the Championship.
Along with Huddersfield Town, Stoke City are the only other team in the second-tier to have not registered a single victory in the ongoing campaign thus far and it is easy to see why the club hierarchy is weighing up the possibility of a managerial change.
The Potters suffered their seventh defeat of the season last Friday, despite putting in a spirited performance in the 3-2 loss against Nottingham Forest and the upcoming bottom-table clash against Huddersfield Town is probably going to be Nathan Jones’ last chance to get the team back to winning ways, although a victory still might not be enough for him to save his job.
With Jones apparently on borrowed time at the bet 365 Stadium, Stoke City have already drawn up a list of alternatives to replace the Welshman and, as per the report, former Everton manager David Moyes is one of the front runners for the potential job opening.
Former Coventry City manager Mark Robins and Northern Ireland national team boss Michael O’Neill are also being considered, while former Potters’ manager Tony Pulis has also been touted to make a return to his former club. (h/t Sentinel)
If the recent run of results is anything to go by, it should be a no-brainer for the Potters to pull the trigger on Jones at the earliest in a bid to stop the rut, given that the 46-year-old has only managed to guide the team to 4 victories in 33 games across all competitions since taking charge back in January 2019.
To put things into perspective, Stoke City should look for an experienced head in the market to replace Nathan Jones and former Everton boss, David Moyes, certainly looks like their best bet to resurrect their faltering campaign.
The 56-year-old has been without a job after leaving West Ham at the end of the 2017-18 season and the Potters could do themselves a world of good by offering the veteran a return to management.
Moyes has endured ill-fated spells at Man United, Sunderland and Real Sociedad in recent times after 11 glorious years at Everton, although he did manage to steer West Ham to Premier League survival from a rather precarious situation.
A veteran of over 600 games as a manager in the English top-flight, Moyes is one of the four managers to have reached the milestone of 200 victories, with Harry Redknapp, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger being the only others to have achieved such a feat.
However, if Moyes does make a return to management with Stoke City in the Championship, it would mark his first managerial stint in the second-tier since starting his career at Preston North End way back in 1998.
Known as a pragmatist and a disciplinarian in English football, the Scotsman certainly has the CV to back it up at the bet 365 Stadium and his know-how of the beautiful game should be a massive boost to the Potters, as they look to avoid the possibility of a horror season.
That said, the appointment of Moyes would definitely be a step in the right direction and the sooner they part ways with Jones, the better it is for them.
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