Quique Sanchez Flores rules himself out of vacant Stoke job

Martin O’Neill could be getting ready for a departure from the Ireland job even if Stoke City don’t offer him the reins

Martin O’Neill could be getting ready for a departure from the Ireland job even if Stoke City don’t offer him the reins

Quique Sanchez Flores intends to turn down a move to Stoke City and stay at Espanyol.

Mark Hughes was sacked on January 7 after Stoke continued their miserable run of form with a 2-1 defeat by League Two side Coventry in the FA Cup third round.

It took 20 minutes of the Espanyol press conference but Quique Sánchez Flores finally got to the point.

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O'Neill held talks with the club earlier in the week - but former Watford boss Sanchez Flores was expected to accept what was reportedly a five-year deal bring offered by Stoke. I have a contract and I am honest with the club.

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". I am absolutely happy with my situation, I do not have to explain anything else.

"I do not talk about me. I want to continue being happy with my profession".

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

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