Espanyol boss Flores rules himself out of Stoke running

Espanyol boss Flores rules himself out of Stoke running

Spanish pundit Guillem Balague has well and truly put to bed rumors of a possible move from Stoke City for Espanyol manager Quique Sánchez Flores.

Potters chairman Peter Coates and his board made the Derryman their preferred target to replace the sacked Mark Hughes and negotiations in the midlands are due to continue today.

While the Derry native has yet to comment publicly on the Stoke speculation, his decision to attend tonight's banquet is a strong indication that it is business as usual as far as O'Neill is concerned and that the manager has no intention of ending his association with the Irish team imminently.

Gary Rowett was another name in the frame until he signed a new deal with Derby.

The 65-year-old fits the bill because of his experience at top-flight level and the fact he has always been held in high regard by the Stoke hierarchy.

What's more, it appears that Roy Keane will likely be part of any potential deal with O'Neil.

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Former Irish global Kevin Kilbane gave his opinion about what may have a bearing on O'Neill's decision to move on.

It is understood that O'Neill is open to the possibility of returning to club management.

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Other loyal members of his coaching staff, including Steve Guppy, Steve Walford, and goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh, are also set to follow O'Neill from the Ireland camp into the new adventure.

The Irish manager was then stung by criticism in the aftermath of the crushing World Cup play-off defeat to Denmark at Lansdowne Road only a month later.

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