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

Quique Sanchez Flores quiet on Stoke City job offer

Quique Sanchez Flores quiet on Stoke City job offer

Enpanyol manager Quique Sanchez Flores has refused to talk about his future amid speculation that he is in line for the Stoke job.

Last night, the La Liga outfit were involved in Copa Del Rey action, and after the game, Sanchez Flores was questioned as to the reports linking him to the Bet365 Stadium.

Espanyol overturned a first-leg deficit against Levante to progress to the competition's last eight.

Flores led the newly-promoted side to 13th in the Premier League and the semi-finals of the FA Cup but had his contract terminated at the end of the campaign. "I want to continue being happy with my profession".

Stoke have also spoken to former Leicester, Aston Villa, Celtic and Sunderland boss O'Neill.

After reports that O'Neill was on Stoke's radar - and interested in the position - Stoke-based BBC Radio journalist Matt Sandoz yesterday told RTÉ Sport that Sanchez Flores is the Premier League strugglers' preferred option.

The 52-year-old is thought to be interested in a return to England, where he enjoyed one season at Watford before being dismissed in May 2016.

The ex-Atletico Madrid and Benfica boss added: "I'm very grateful to Espanyol, I've been frustrated sometimes because we haven't advanced as fast as desired, but that's because Espanyol haven't been able to, not because they haven't wanted to".

"Right now we're not thinking about anything other than the game and Sunday's match against Athletic (Bilbao)".

Flores has jumped ahead of Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill in the race to succeed Hughes.

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