Espanyol boss Flores rules himself out of Stoke running

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It would be more hard to extract Flores from Espanyol, however, although he is said to be tempted by the offer and would enjoy the opportunity to go back to the Premier League, having managed Watford in 2015-16.

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

Espanyol held a press conference on Saturday afternoon that supporters though would spell the end of Sanchez Flores' time at the club, but it's quite the opposite. I do not understand that you put so much effort in coach. "I don't have to explain anything else". There is a reality in football.

"It's been a while with Gerard (Moreno)".

"The fact is that I am here".

The secret of the Stoke move is now an open one and Marca state Flores has confided the news to some of his closest friends at Espanyol.

Luke Edwards of the Telegraph, a journalist who has close ties with the O'Neill camp, is reporting that Stoke now want the Ireland boss but heis still undecided.

Both O'Neill and the FAI have so far refused to comment on the increasing speculation in the last few days.

He has verbally agreed to stay on in Dublin, but with no deal signed it is looking increasingly likely that he could be tempted by a return to full-time club management and former Manchester United and Ireland captain Keane is nearly certain to follow him to the bet365 Stadium should he agree on a move.

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