Former Shamrock Rovers and Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill tests positive for Covid-19

Wed, Jun 10 2020

Stoke City are preparing to return to competitive action later this month. Credit: Michael P Ryan (ETPhotos)

Former Northern Ireland and Shamrock Rovers boss Michael O’Neill has tested positive for Covid-19, his current club Stoke City have confirmed.

The latest round of Premier League testing took place on Monday June 8th, with the failed test leading to the club’s scheduled friendly with Manchester United being called off at the last minute.

O’Neill has been in charge at the club since November 2019 in a role which he initially combined with his time in charge of Northern Ireland. However, with Euro 2020 postponed for 12 months, he decided to step down from international management back in April.

In a statement the club have said that Assistant boss Billy McKinley will take charge of first team affairs whilst O’Neill undergoes a period of isolation, however, it is expected that he will continue to monitor things in an online capacity.

Stoke are currently sitting in 17th place in the Championship and will be hoping to pick up some points to secure their safety in the division when their season resumes on June 20th with an away fixture to play Reading.