Michael O’Neill, the manager of Stoke City, tested positive for coronavirus after the latest round of testing on Monday.
A planned friendly match between Stoke and Manchester United which was to take place at the Carrington training base was dramatically called off at the last minute on Tuesday after they recieved the news.
It’s understood that O’Neill, 50, was tested for the sixth time on Monday and his positive result came back from the EFL after the Stoke squad arrived at Carrington for the friendly match.
A club statement read: ‘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. 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.’