Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Stoke manager target confirms he will stay at Espanyol

Stoke manager target confirms he will stay at Espanyol

Martin O'Neill and Derby County manager Gary Rowett have been linked with the job vacancy, with the latter recently ruling himself out of a move after he signed a new deal with the Rams.

Flores had been expected to tell his current club Espanyol that he was bound for the Premier League strugglers.

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.

Eddie Niedzwiecki has been in temporary charge since Hughes' departure, taking training ahead of the Monday's league trip to Manchester United.

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.

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He added: "I'm here and at no point have I said the opposite". It's a day for Espanyol, for the club, for the players, it's a day to celebrate for having qualified for the quarters.

"I live in a big city, in one of the best leagues, and I have reason to be happy and not to live anxious".

"I do not talk about me".

Reports suggested that they were successful, and Sanchez Flores looked set to use Saturday's press conference to announce his departure.

It is understood a Stoke delegation met Sanchez Flores in Barcelona on Wednesday and it had been reported that the 52-year-old Spaniard had been offered a five-year contract by the Premier League club.

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