Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Flores snubs Stoke job to remain at Espanyol

Flores snubs Stoke job to remain at Espanyol

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.

"I am the coach of Espanyol and will continue to be", Flores told a media conference on Saturday.

They had set their sights on Sanchez Flores and the former Watford manager was said to be on the brink of a Premier League return.

Stoke sacked Hughes last weekend after the 2-1 FA Cup loss at League Two Coventry, which followed a run of seven losses in 10 Premier League games.

The Potters had agreed to pay the Spanish club £3.5m in compensation, and had made Sanchez Flores an offer of a five-year contract.

He said: "I'm not going to talk about me on such an important day for Espanyol".

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"I do not talk about me".

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.

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill is now the bookmakers' favourite to take the job while ex-West Ham chief Slaven Bilic is also thought to be a candidate for the post. I am well and quite happy with my situation.

Martin O'Neill at the SWAI Awards last night.

Russell said: "It's been a bit hard with a manager gone who is really well-respected in the club". It was a matter of picking them up on Monday a little bit - there are players who were hurting, and rightly so.

"Whoever comes in is coming into a fantastic football club".

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