Stoke boss Michael O’Neill has tested positive for coronavirus in a shock development for the football club this evening.
His test results are believed to have emerged shortly before Stoke were due to play Manchester United in a practice match at United’s Carrington training ground earlier today.
And now the club has revealed in a statement this evening: “Stoke City can confirm that manager Michael O’Neill has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus following the latest round of testing on Monday (June 8).
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“O’Neill had tested negative in the previous five rounds of testing.
“He will now follow the relevant guidance and undergo a period of isolation, whilst continuing to be in regular virtual contact with his coaching staff and players.
“Assistant manager Billy McKinlay will take charge of training as the Potters prepare for their game against Reading on June 20.
“The Club will be making no further comment on this matter.”