Balague: Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores gives Stoke deadline

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

Flores explained his decision during a press conference for Espaynol today.

The 52-year-old told reporters: "Here I have all I need".

However the name that appeared at the top of the clubs wanted list was Espanol manager Quique Sánchez Flores. I am well and quite happy with my situation.

"My instinct is that the proposal is so interesting plus the fact that Espanyol have not kept their promise from when Quique first arrived suggests to me that will announce his depature from Espanyol".

In any event, both Stoke's plans and O'Neill's contract situation with the FAI have been shrouded in confusion once again as Irish football's governing body await Stoke's next move.

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

The club were willing to pay £1.7million to release No 1 target Gary Rowett from his contract with Derby, but the former Birmingham manager instead signed a new deal with the high-flying Championship side. We feel good and it is very hard for someone to leave.

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


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