Quique Sanchez Flores silent on Stoke link after Copa del Rey win

  • Quique Sanchez Flores silent on Stoke link after Copa del Rey win

Quique Sanchez Flores silent on Stoke link after Copa del Rey win

It is understood a Stoke delegation met Flores in Barcelona on Wednesday, and that Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is also under consideration.

The Mundo Deportivo claims, which come from journalist Anna Cordovilla, are certainly good on detail.

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

Quique Sanchez Flores is expected to tell Espanyol today that he's leaving them to take the reins at Stoke City.

The 52-year-old is now in charge of Spanish side Espanyol and has promised an answer on Friday. It's a day for Espanyol, for the club, for the players, it's a day to celebrate for having qualified for the quarters.

The ex-Atletico Madrid and Benfica boss added: "I'm very grateful to Espanyol, I've been frustrated sometimes because we haven't advanced as fast as desired, but that's because Espanyol haven't been able to, not because they haven't wanted to".

The Potters are looking to bring in a replacement for Mark Hughes after he was axed following a dismal Premier League run and subsequent FA Cup exit at the hands of League Two Coventry City last Saturday.

But there is even a suggestion in Spain that he could still be with Espanyol's for Sunday's game against Athletic Bilbao.

Martin O'Neill has been acting without a signed contract since Ireland's World Cup campaign ended in November and was free to hold talks with Stoke.

Stoke, who are now 18th in the Premier League, face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday night and they reportedly would like to have their new man in place by then. They will be a lucky manager.