Stoke make move for Quique Sanchez Flores


The Espanyol manager is thought to have an offer to take over at Stoke City, and the Premier League club have sent officials to Barcelona to try and close a deal.

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

He told a post-match press conference as quoted by the Daily Mail: "I'm not going to talk about me on such an important day for Espanyol".

Espanyol are already lining up former Malaga manager Javi Gracia to replace the 52 year-old, with sources at the club admitting that a change of head coach is imminent. "I want to continue being happy with my profession".

The 65-year-old has managed Leicester, Aston Villa and Sunderland in the Premier League, while he also enjoyed a successful spell as Celtic manager.

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But Sanchez Flores is now 3/10 to take on the role.

The ex-Atletico Madrid and Benfica boss added: "I'm very grateful to Espanyol, I've been frustrated sometimes because we haven't advanced as fast as desired, but that's because Espanyol haven't been able to, not because they haven't wanted to".

Their attendance suggests the pair will in fact be staying on as Republic of Ireland manager and assistant manager after days of speculation linking them with a return to the Prmeier League.

But there is even a suggestion in Spain that he could still be with Espanyol's for Sunday's game against Athletic Bilbao.

Charlie Adam says the Stoke players have not been good enough this season. O'Neill and his coaching team agreed contract extensions with the Football Association of Ireland last October.