‘Magnificent’ – Michael O’Neill’s message to Stoke City fans



From 3,033 at Derby County and 1,642 at Queens Park Rangers to the 861 at Blackburn Rovers and just under 3,000 at Barnsley, from manic celebrations to the conga and the odd frustration, Stoke City fans have been enjoying backing Michael O’Neill on the road.

There have been wins at Barnsley, Huddersfield and West Bromwich Albion and a point at Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday – remarkably only the second away draw of the season – and there has been a lot of singing.

Supporters have been serenading O’Neill since he touched down from Belfast and it has not gone unnoticed.

And with another massive match – “We’ve had 20 since I came in!” – coming up away at Luton Town on Saturday, the manager had this message for his travelling army.

“Stick with the team,” he said. “It’s huge for the players, me and the coaching staff that they stick with us because we are in a difficult situation.

“The club has not been here for a long time and we have to make sure we move on from the difficult start the club had to the season, retain our status and the only way we’ll do that is by everyone pulling in the same direction.

“The supporters were magnificent again at Blackburn and we look forward to their backing again on Saturday.”





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