Wolf League side Stoke City have been left in turmoil today after manager Alex Nock turned down the offer of a contract extension.
Nock was appointed following Stoke's arrival into the Wolf league at the start of last season on a 2 year deal and has this year secured them a place in the playoffs and a chance to hit the big time of the Tiger league. It is believed that bosses at the Britannia stadium were prepared to offer him a one year extension to continue the promotion quest or consolidate in the Tiger league should that occour.
However, it is understood that the manager has turned down this offer. Inside sources have suggested that, as a lifelong Aston Villa fan, the vacancy at Villa Park along with the promise of a £100m+ warchest to return the side to the top flight has turned Nock's head and he is considering a move down the M6.
It is understood that no decision will be made before Stoke's interest in the playoffs is finished and the directors at the Britannia are hopeful that their man can take them up at which point the lure of top flight football may be too great to resist.
More developments on this story as they break.