Quique Sanchez Flores quiet on Stoke City job offer

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On Thursday the word from Spain on Quique Sánchez Flores was that Espanyol hadn't heard anything, so it was unlikely any move to Stoke City was imminent.

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 global role with attempting to reverse Stoke's fortunes.

"Espanyol played against Levante in the last-16 of the cup (Copa del Rey) tonight and Espanyol have come through (3-2 on aggregate)".

After reports that O'Neill was on Stoke's radar - and interested in the position - Stoke-based BBC Radio journalist Matt Sandoz yesterday told RTÉ Sport that Sanchez Flores is the Premier League strugglers' preferred option.

A Stoke delegation flew out to Barcelona on Wednesday to talk to Quique Sanchez Flores
A Stoke delegation flew out to Barcelona on Wednesday to talk to Quique Sanchez Flores

The 52-year-old, who spent one season in the Premier League with Watford before being replaced in 2016, is said to be the Potters' top target to succeed Mark Hughes.

"He will announce today to the Espanyol board his decision".

Stoke want Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores as their new manager, but failing that should they go for Sheffield United's Chris Wilder? I think, unless he's changed his mind in the last hour or two, that he is going to say he is leaving, he's going to Stoke. "Espanyol are looking already for a replacement".

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