Quique Sanchez Flores rejects chance to replace Mark Hughes

  • Quique Sanchez Flores rejects chance to replace Mark Hughes

Quique Sanchez Flores rejects chance to replace Mark Hughes

Quique Sanchez Flores has confirmed that he will remain as the manager of Espanyol and won't become the new manager of Premier League side Stoke City.

Asked if he had received an offer from Stoke, the 52-year-old Spaniard told a post-match press conference as reported by the Spanish media: "I'm not going to talk about me on such an important day for Espanyol".

He added: "I'm here and at no point have I said the opposite. I'm well, absolutely content with my situation, and I don't have to explain anything else".

Stoke held talks with Sanchez Flores this week but the ex-Watford manager said on Saturday: "Here I have all I need".

There had seemed to be real progress with the club ready to unveil him, however this morning it's emerged he's now turned down an offer. Football brings up these kind of situations where clubs ask. here at Espanyol it is hard to move someone. It happens constantly with the players.

I have a contract and I am honest with the club. I have nothing to explain. We are happy, we have many things that make us feel like that. I'm in a great city and am involved in one of the best leagues in the world.

Eddie Niedzwiecki has been in temporary charge since Hughes' departure, taking training ahead of the Monday's league trip to Manchester United.

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.