Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Stoke want Espanyol's Sanchez Flores

Stoke want Espanyol's Sanchez Flores

Stoke City have made Quique Sanchez Flores their preferred choice for the manager's job - and are waiting for an answer from the Espanyol boss.

According to BBC Sport, Stoke have made Sánchez Flores their back-up target if a bid to bring in Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill fails, the main stumbling block to that eventuality being that O'Neill will insist on combining his worldwide role with attempting to reverse Stoke's fortunes.

O'Neill, who has yet to officially sign his two-year contract extension with the FAI, is believed to have spoken to the Premier League club about a return to club management, and his assistant Roy Keane has also been linked with the move.

Flores's reputation has only grown after guiding Espanyol into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey with victory over Levante on Thursday night, but the Spaniard has offered little indication that he is ready to quit.

Balague said a five-year proposal from Stoke would tempt Flores after a tenure of broken promises at Espanyol.

A Stoke delegation met Espanyol boss Flores in Barcelona on Wednesday.

It could take a cheque for around £3m to get Flores out of Espanyol because he still has 18 months of his current deal to run.

"I don't want to talk about me, but to enjoy these moments".

Stoke hoped to have Flores installed by Friday but he is now likely to be in the stands for Monday's clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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