Espanyol boss Flores rules himself out of Stoke running

  • Espanyol boss Flores rules himself out of Stoke running

Espanyol boss Flores rules himself out of Stoke running

The Hornets made the ill-advised decision to replace the former Spain defender with Walter Mazzarri despite Sanchez Flores keeping the Vicarage Road club in the Premier League at the first time of asking and reaching the FA Cup semi-finals.

However, reports emerging over the past 24 hours indicate that Espanyol coach Quique Sánchez Flores is the preferred man to take over at the Potters, with O'Neill believed to be the club's second choice.

They had hoped to announce the hire on Friday but negotiations dragged on, meaning he is likely to watch Monday night's game with Manchester United from the stands rather than the touchline.

The ex-Watford boss is set to stay with the La Liga side, despite the Premier League side's confidence of signing the deal. I am well and quite happy with my situation. I am the coach and will continue to be until the end of the season. "I don't have to explain anything else".

The secret of the Stoke move is now an open one and Marca state Flores has confided the news to some of his closest friends at Espanyol.

Both O'Neill and the FAI have so far refused to comment on the increasing speculation in the last few days. The Ireland manager also met with Stoke officials this week and appeared to be the front runner for the role, in a deal that would also see assistant Roy Keane move with him, before Sanchez Flores jumped ahead of him in the reckoning.