Former Republic of Ireland international Rory Delap has been placed in caretaker charge of Stoke City after  the club sacked manager Nathan Jones on Friday lunchtime.

Jones had been at the helm for just 10 months. The former Luton boss won only six of his 38 games in charge, having succeeded Gary Rowett in January.

He leaves with the club second from bottom in the Sky Bet Championship.

Assistant manager Paul Hart and first-team coach Joaquin Gomez have also left the club. 

Jones told the club's official website: "I would like to thank (vice-chairman) John and (chairman) Peter Coates, firstly for the opportunity to manage this football club and then for the continued support and patience throughout my time here.

"I would also like to thank the supporters for their fantastic support. Finally, I wish the club the very best for the future."

Delap, Kevin Russell and Andy Quy now take over the first team while the Potters search for a new manager.  Delap was also part of the interim management team that took over in the wake of Rowett's sacking.