Quique Sanchez Flores refuses to comment on Stoke link

Quique Sanchez Flores refuses to comment on Stoke link

On Friday morning, Sandoz reiterated that stance, tweeting: "I understand Quique Sanchez Flores is expected to take the job at Stoke City".

The Irishman also has a good relationship with club chairman Peter Coates, but there is a view around the club that O'Neill would be a more short-term appointment to maintain their status, while Flores' style is more what they are looking for in the long term.

Quique Sánchez Flores is now in a meeting with Espanyol about his future, with Stoke City claims building in recent days. "I want to continue being happy with my profession".

Sanchez led Watford to 13th spot in the Premier League and the FA Cup semi-finals before being sacked in May 2016.

Now after a considering their options, which also includes Ireland boss Martin O'Neill, Stoke have made a move for Flores and 52-year-old is in line to succeed Mark Hughes. The Premier League strugglers were keen on Derby manager Gary Rowett until he signed a new deal on Tuesday.

A Stoke delegation flew out to Barcelona on Wednesday to talk to Quique Sanchez Flores
A Stoke delegation flew out to Barcelona on Wednesday to talk to Quique Sanchez Flores

O'Neill and his coaching team, which features Roy Keane, agreed contract extensions with the Football Association of Ireland last October.

The Sun cites reports in Spain which claim the former Valencia, Benfica and Atletico Madrid manager, could still take charge of Espanyol against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Niedzwiecki has been assisted by Under-18s boss Kevin Russell, who faced the media at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

"Whoever comes in is coming into a fantastic football club".

"A new manager could come in tomorrow, and it's just a matter of us trying to make sure the lads are prepared, organised and ready to go".

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