Balague: Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores gives Stoke deadline

Balague: Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores gives Stoke deadline

The former Watford manager was understood to be Stoke's first choice following the dismissal of Mark Hughes.

Flores explained his decision during a press conference for Espaynol today. "I am the coach and will continue to be until the end of the season", said Flores.

Quique Sanchez Flores has confirmed that he will remain as the manager of Espanyol and won't become the new manager of Premier League side Stoke City.

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

'I belong to Espanyol.

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Stoke had hoped to appoint Flores this weekend after vice-chairman John Coates and chief executive Tony Scholes flew to Barcelona for initial talks on Wednesday.

The 52-year-old was offered the opportunity to take over from Hughes, who was sacked following Stoke's shock 2-1 defeat to Coventry City in the FA Cup. We feel good and it is very hard for someone to leave. "Keane will nearly certainly join O'Neill at the Bet365 Stadium if Stoke can agree terms with them".

Martin O'Neill is the frontrunner to take over at the bet365 Stadium, with Stoke travelling to Manchester United on Tuesday (AEDT).

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

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