Stoke manager target confirms he will stay at Espanyol

Arnold Nichols
January 14, 2018

The former Watford boss was reported to be the leading candidate to take over from Mark Hughes at the Bet365 Stadium with Derby boss Gary Rowett signing a new contract to stay at Pride Park.

But in a press conference on Saturday, Flores confirmed that he would be remaining at La Liga side Espanyol for the foreseeable future.

The 52-year-old told reporters: "Here I have all I need". I have a contract and I'm honest with this club.

Sanchez Flores, who guided to Watford to a 13th-placed Premier League finish and an FA Cup semi-final during his one season in English football in 2015-16, continued: "Football brings these types of situations and clubs ask questions and find out what they find out. I am the coach and will be", he said. We feel good and it is very hard for someone to leave. I am absolutely happy with my situation, I do not have to explain anything else.

Although Flores was believed to have been the preferred option, the Stoke hierarchy value O'Neill's vast experience in Premier League management.

Stoke City's managerial search took another dramatic turn on Saturday morning as they were turned down by their first choice for the role.

Stoke had hoped to have their new manager in place for the Premier League game against Manchester United on Monday, but that now looks unlikely.

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