Sánchez Flores to stay at Espanyol despite Stoke interest

Florence Fletcher
January 13, 2018

Stoke have been dealt a huge blow in their hunt for a new manager after Quique Sanchez Flores turned down the chance to return to the Premier League.

Stoke City have been dealt a blow in their search for a new manager after Quique Sanchez Flores chose to remain at Espanyol.

The Hornets made the ill-advised decision to replace the former Spain defender with Walter Mazzarri despite Sanchez Flores keeping the Vicarage Road club in the Premier League at the first time of asking and reaching the FA Cup semi-finals. "And the fact is that the players do not want to leave, and the coach also continues".

The 52-year-old was offered the opportunity to take over from Hughes, who was sacked following Stoke's shock 2-1 defeat to Coventry City in the FA Cup.

Former Watford boss Flores was believed to be their top choice to come in but he has now said he's happy at Espanyol so will not be making the move to the bet365 Stadium. I have a contract and I am honest with the club.

"I don't want to talk about me, but to enjoy these moments".

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"I belong to Espanyol".

It is understood a Stoke delegation met Flores in Barcelona on Wednesday, and that Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is also under consideration.

Derby County boss Gary Rowett was originally the leading contender to succeed Hughes, but he signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal with the Championship club on Tuesday.

Russell said: "It's been a bit hard with a manager gone who is really well-respected in the club".

Martin O'Neill at the SWAI Awards last night. "They will be a lucky manager".

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