Quique Sanchez Flores refuses to comment on Stoke link

Flores in the frame succeed Mark Hughes at Stoke			
   by Matthew Nash 

Flores in the frame succeed Mark Hughes at Stoke by Matthew Nash Published

Last night, the La Liga outfit were involved in Copa Del Rey action, and after the game, Sanchez Flores was questioned as to the reports linking him to the Bet365 Stadium.

Stoke want Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores as their new manager, but failing that should they go for Sheffield United's Chris Wilder?

However, Flores preferred to focus on Espanyol's cup exploits rather than discuss himself after seeing his side overcome a first-leg deficit against Levante to reach the quarter-finals.

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.

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"I don't want to talk about me, but to enjoy these moments".

Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague revealed on Thursday that Stoke set the former Watford boss a Friday deadline to decide whether he will return to England. 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.

He 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".

It is now a straight choice between Ireland's Martin O'Neill and Espanyol's to be the next manager, as the club held further discussions on Thursday.

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