Spotlight back on O'Neill as Flores says no to Stoke

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They had set their sights on Sanchez Flores and the former Watford manager was said to be on the brink of a Premier League return.

Quique Sanchez Flores has announced that he intends to remain with Espanyol amid widespread speculation that he had been offered the Stoke City job.

Asked if he had received an offer from Stoke, the 52-year-old Spaniard told a post-match press conference as reported by the Spanish media: "I'm not going to talk about me on such an important day for Espanyol". "I'm well and quite happy with my situation".

"The facts are what matter and nothing else".

"The reality is that clubs are interested in players and coaches". Football brings up these kind of situations where clubs ask. here at Espanyol it is hard to move someone.

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"We like how they treat us, what we generate in the stadium and that Espanyol will grow. We feel happy. We are in a happy place and we don't want to break that up".

"I have everything here that I need", Flores said. I have nothing to explain. I'm in a great city and am involved in one of the best leagues in the world.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has been another name in the frame to replace Hughes, who was sacked by Stoke last week following their humiliating FA Cup defeat at Coventry.

Since the departure of Hughes and his assistant Mark Bowen, first-team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki has been in temporary charge at Stoke, taking training ahead of Monday's league clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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