Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Stoke offer Quique Sanchez Flores manager's job and wait for his response

Espanyol head coach Quique Sanchez Flores was tight-lipped after qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey Espanyol head coach Quique Sanchez Flores was tight-lipped after qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey
Kristopher Love | 13 January, 2018, 08:21

"Espanyol manager Quique Sanchez Flores was 50/1 a few days ago for the vacant position at Stoke but now finds himself the 2/5 favourite after proving very popular with punters recently", said BetVictor's Head of ante post Football Michael Triffitt.

The Mundo Deportivo claims, which come from journalist Anna Cordovilla, are certainly good on detail.

Elsewhere in Spain it had been reported this payment may not be necessary.

Sanchez Flores is said to have informed Espanyol of his desire to become Stoke's new manager, little more than 18 months after he left the Potters' Premier League rivals Watford.

"I do not want to talk about me in such a big day for the club (Espanyol qualified for quarters of Cup)... you know I have been frustrated sometimes. I want to continue being happy with my profession".

It is also understood that Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is under consideration for the top job at the bet365 Stadium.

Stoke hoped to have Flores installed by Friday but he is now likely to be in the stands for Monday's clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Potters are looking to bring in a replacement for Mark Hughes after he was axed following a dismal Premier League run and subsequent FA Cup exit at the hands of League Two Coventry City last Saturday.

Russell said: "It's been a bit hard with a manager gone who is really well-respected in the club".

"Right now we're not thinking about anything other than today's game and Sunday's match against Athletic [Bilbao]".

"Whoever comes in is coming into a fantastic football club".