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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