Sanchez Flores does not want to swap Espanyol for Stoke
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Quique Sanchez Flores has rejected Stoke City in order to remain as Espanyol manager.
Sanchez Flores was strongly linked with the vacant Stoke job after the dismissal of Mark Hughes.
However, the former Watford boss has declared his intention to remain in Spain.
During his press conference on Saturday, he said: “I am and I will be the coach of Espanyol.
“The fact is that I am here.”
On Wednesday, the Potters sent a delegation to Barcelona to meet Flores in the hope of securing a deal.
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.
“These are situations that happen and they cannot be avoided,” he continued.
“It happened three weeks ago with Gerard Moreno, but we have to think that we are happy with Espanyol.
“We like how they treat us, what we generate in the stadium and that Espanyol will grow.
“I live in a big city, in one of the best leagues, and I have reason to be happy and not to live worried.”
Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has also been tipped to take over at the Premier League club, but former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has ruled himself out of a move back to England.
Mancini, who is currently in charge of Russain side Zenit St Petersburg, wants to fulfil his ‘dream’ of managing the Italian national team.