Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Flores committed to Espanyol

Flores committed to Espanyol

Stoke City remain keen on appointing Martin O'Neill as their new manager and are making a concerted attempt to persuade him to leave the Republic of Ireland are four years in global football.

Stoke were keen to find a coach with Premier League experience after their dismissal of Mark Hughes, and were impressed with Sanchez Flores' performance during his one season with.

Stoke held talks with Sanchez Flores this week but the ex-Watford manager said on Saturday: "Here I have all I need".

Stoke managerial target Quique Sanchez Flores refused to answer questions about his future following Espanyol's Copa del Rey tie on Thursday night.

The Potters had agreed to pay the Spanish club £3.5m in compensation, and had made Sanchez Flores an offer of a five-year contract.

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"I'm well and quite happy with my situation", the 52-year-old Spaniard added. "I don't have to explain anything else".

There had seemed to be real progress with the club ready to unveil him, however this morning it's emerged he's now turned down an offer.

"We like the connection (with the club), how they treat us, I like that Espanyol are growing".

Mark Hughes was sacked on January 7 after Stoke continued their miserable run of form with a 2-1 defeat by League Two side Coventry in the FA Cup third round. We are happy, we have many things that make us feel like that.

It now looks inevitable that Eddie Niedzwiecki will take charge of the team at Old Trafford for the Monday Night Football clash against Manchester United.

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