Quique Sanchez Flores rules himself out of vacant Stoke job

Quique Sanchez Flores is Stoke's top choice to be their new manager

Quique Sanchez Flores is Stoke's top choice to be their new manager

But in a press conference on Saturday, Flores confirmed that he would be remaining at La Liga side Espanyol for the foreseeable future.

"I belong to Espanyol". "I am well and quite happy with my situation". Football brings up these kind of situations where clubs ask. here at Espanyol it is hard to move someone.

O'Neill is understood to have rejected a contract at Goodison Park as he was unhappy with the length of the deal, which paved the way for Allardyce to replace Ronald Koeman last month.

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.

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Flores was successful in the Premier League with Watford in 2016 and he managed to secure a mid-table position for the newly promoted club.

Derby County boss Gary Rowett was originally the leading contender to succeed Hughes, but he signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal with the Championship club on Tuesday.

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.

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.

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