Espanyol manager Quique Sanchez Flores has ended rumors linking him to the vacant Stoke City job, announcing that he will still be Espanyol head coach come the end of the season.
The former Watford boss has been linked with Stoke City job since Mark Hughes was sacked by the club last week and was reported to be Stoke’s first choice for the job, however, the move now looks dead in the water with Flores announcing in Saturday’s press conference that he would not be leaving the club.
Espanyol currently sit in 14th, eight points off the relegation zone and recently drew Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey quarter finals. Flores had previously been under a lot of flak from the fans and in a 1-0 defeat to Girona in early December, there were calls from the stands for him to resign.
Since then, Espanyol have been unbeaten in their last four league fixtures which included a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid to put an end to their unbeaten start to the season. Espanyol are currently preparing for a home tie against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday evening.
Stoke City, who sit 18th in Premier League, will now move on to their other managerial targets with Ireland boss Martin O’Neill now looking the favorite to take the Stoke hot seat.