Quique Sanchez Flores rules himself out of vacant Stoke job

Quique Sanchez Flores rules himself out of vacant Stoke job

They had set their sights on Sanchez Flores and the former Watford manager was said to be on the brink of a Premier League return.

Balague, a well-respected Spanish journalist, claims the current Espanyol boss has already met with the club's board over a potential deal.

"I live in a big city, in one of the best leagues, and I have reason to be happy and not to live anxious".

Espanyol manager Quique Sanchez Flores has distanced himself from taking charge of Stoke City, saying he is "happy" at the Spanish side.

'I belong to Espanyol. Football brings up these kind of situations where clubs ask. here at Espanyol it is hard to move someone.

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On Wednesday, the Potters sent a delegation to Barcelona to meet Flores in the hope of securing a deal.

Stoke City have sacked their Welsh manager, Mark Hughes, after poor results this season in the league.

"It happened three weeks ago with Gerard Moreno, but we have to think that we are happy with Espanyol. Keane will nearly certainly join O'Neill at the Bet365 Stadium if Stoke can agree terms with them".

Martin O'Neill is the other name in the frame but, contrary to previous plans, he attended the Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland annual awards banquet in Dublin on Friday night, suggesting he expects to remain as Republic of Ireland manager.