Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Flores first choice for Stoke in search for new manager

Flores first choice for Stoke in search for new manager

Rumors have circulated in the past week following the dismissal of Mark Hughes, that Flores was reportedly close to agreeing a 5-year deal at the bet365 stadium, however it now seems that Stoke will now have to turn their elsewhere.

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

'I belong to Espanyol.

"I am the coach of Espanyol and will continue to be", Flores said.

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However the name that appeared at the top of the clubs wanted list was Espanol manager Quique Sánchez Flores. "I'm well and quite happy with my situation. We feel happy. We are in a happy place and we don't want to break that up".

"O'Neill has still not decided whether to accept their offer as he and his assistant Roy Keane are excited by the challenge of building a new, younger Ireland squad during their European Nations Cup campaign, which starts later this year", writes Edwards.

Stoke sacked Hughes last week following their humiliating FA Cup defeat at Coventry and Eddie Niedzwiecki has been in temporary charge since, taking training ahead of Monday's Premier League clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford. He will either give them an immediate yes or he will stay at Espanyol.

Former Ireland manager Mick McCarthy is the favourite to take over as the next boss should O'Neill depart for Stoke.

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