Stoke City eyeing move for Quique if O'Neill bid fails

Stoke City eye up move for former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores to replace Mark Hughes

FORMER Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is understood to be relegation-threatened Stoke's first choice to succeed Mark Hughes.

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.

The news comes as Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane, contrary to previous plans, are to attend tonight's Soccer Writers banquet in Dublin's Conrad Hotel.

According to BBC Sport, Stoke have made Sánchez Flores their back-up target if a bid to bring in Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill fails, the main stumbling block to that eventuality being that O'Neill will insist on combining his worldwide role with attempting to reverse Stoke's fortunes.

Stoke City have made a move for Spanish coach Quiqie Sanchez Flores.


No compensation is payable to Espanyol if their manager is taken, as per the terms of the agreement when signed in 2016.

"He will announce today to the Espanyol board his decision".

Balague said a five-year proposal from Stoke would tempt Flores after a tenure of broken promises at Espanyol.

Stoke officials are said to already be in Barcelona to finalise a contract with Flores and are "convinced" he's going to say yes to their proposal.

"It looks like that the most likely decision is that he tells Espanyol he is leaving".

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