Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores turns down move to Stoke City

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

"Everything I need, I have here".

Quique Sanchez Flores has rejected Stoke City in order to remain as Espanyol manager.

Quique Sanchez Flores has confirmed that he will remain as the manager of Espanyol and won't become the new manager of Premier League side Stoke City. "I'm well, absolutely content with my situation, and I don't have to explain anything else".

Sanchez Flores, who guided to Watford to a 13th-placed Premier League finish and an FA Cup semi-final during his one season in English football in 2015-16, continued: "Football brings these types of situations and clubs ask questions and find out what they find out".

"We like how they treat us, what we generate in the stadium and that Espanyol will grow".

"It happened three weeks ago with Gerard Moreno, but we have to think that we are happy with Espanyol".

He added: "I'm here and at no point have I said the opposite".

The Telegraph are reporting that Stoke remain keen on appointing O'Neill as their new manager, but he is yet to decide on whether he'll switch the worldwide football scene for the Premier League.

Early discussions were encouraging, but they will now turn their attention back to Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill after Flores' change of heart.

O'Neill, 65, is now odds-on with the majority of bookmakers to succeed Mark Hughes at Stoke, and The Telegraph report that he is the man wanted by Potters chiefs, along with Ireland assistant boss Roy Keane.

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