Flores rejects offer to manage Stoke

Jan 14, 2018, 00:25
Flores rejects offer to manage Stoke

But in a press conference on Saturday, Flores confirmed that he would be remaining at La Liga side Espanyol for the foreseeable future.

"I have everything here that I need", Flores said.

Balague, a well-respected Spanish journalist, claims the current Espanyol boss has already met with the club's board over a potential deal.

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"I belong to Espanyol". I do not understand that you put so much effort in coach.

"I live in a big city, in one of the best leagues, and I have reason to be happy and not to live anxious".

Espanyol manager Quique Sanchez Flores has ended rumors linking him to the vacant Stoke City job, announcing that he will still be Espanyol head coach come the end of the season. We are happy, we have many things that make us feel like that.

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Although Flores was believed to have been the preferred option, the Stoke hierarchy value O'Neill's vast experience in Premier League management.

Stoke are now negotiating with O'Neill, who has been in charge of the Republic of Ireland for over four years.

O'Neill emerged as a contender for the Stoke job after they sacked Mark Hughes earlier this month following a shock FA Cup defeat to League Two Coventry.

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Stoke had hoped to have their new manager in place for the Premier League game against Manchester United on Monday, but that now looks unlikely.