Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Flores committed to Espanyol

Flores committed to Espanyol

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.

Quique Sanchez Flores indicates that he has made a decision to remain at Espanyol, rather than sign a long-term contract with Premier League side Stoke City.

Sanchez Flores emerged as Stoke's top target to succeed Mark Hughes after the Potters had to abandon their hopes of luring Gary Rowett away from Derby after he signed a new contract with the Championship outfit.

"Everything I need, I have here".

Espanyol held a press conference on Saturday afternoon that supporters though would spell the end of Sanchez Flores' time at the club, but it's quite the opposite.

"I live in a big city, in one of the best leagues, and I have reason to be happy and not to live anxious". It's a day for Espanyol, for the club, for the players, it's a day to celebrate for having qualified for the quarters.

"I have nothing else to add, only that I have to focus on the next LaLiga match".

"We like the connection (with the club), how they treat us, I like that Espanyol are growing. We feel happy. We are in a happy place and we don't want to break that up".

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.

It now looks inevitable that Eddie Niedzwiecki will take charge of the team at Old Trafford for the Monday Night Football clash against Manchester United.

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