October 24, 2018

Ex-Watford boss becomes favourite for Stoke job

14 January 2018, 08:03 | Anna Jefferson


Flores quiet on Stoke City job offer

Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores has refused to confirm whether he has been approached to take over as manager of Stoke City.

Flores has been with Espanyol since 2016, when he left Watford after just one season.

Elsewhere in Spain it had been reported this payment may not be necessary.

STOKE CITY believe they can push through a deal to make Quique Sanchez Flores their new manager - despite a hold up in talks.

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

The Potters sacked Mark Hughes on Saturday, with the club in the Premier League relegation zone. "I want to continue being happy with my profession".

"Right now we're not thinking about anything other than today's game and Sunday's match against Athletic [Bilbao]".

However, the 52-year-old avoided a direct answer, which only fuels speculation.

The Spaniard had a €4m release clause in his contract which Stoke were more than willing to pay to secure the former Atletico Madrid and Valencia boss ahead of second choice Martin O'Neill, who must now return to Dublin to negotiate a new deal with the Republic of Ireland.

Flores led the newly-promoted side to 13th in the Premier League and the semi-finals of the FA Cup but had his contract terminated at the end of the campaign.

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

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

Defenders Erik Pieters and Bruno Martins Indi, sidelined of late by hamstring and groin injuries respectively, could be available for selection for Monday having returned to training this week.

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