Flores first choice for Stoke in search for new manager

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Former Watford boss Flores was tipped to take over from Mark Hughes, sacked after an FA Cup third-round exit at fourth-tier side Coventry City last weekend.

Flores explained his decision during a press conference for Espaynol today.

The La Liga expert tweeted recently about the future of the former Watford manager, and clearly stated that the Spanish boss will not become the next Potters boss and that he will remain as Espanyol manager. "I'm well, absolutely content with my situation", Flores told Sky Sports on Saturday. "I am the coach and will be".

"I belong to Espanyol".

"It happened three weeks ago with Gerard Moreno, but we have to think that we are happy with Espanyol".

"I'm well and quite happy with my situation", the 52-year-old Spaniard added.

"O'Neill has still not decided whether to accept their offer as he and his assistant Roy Keane are excited by the challenge of building a new, younger Ireland squad during their European Nations Cup campaign, which starts later this year", writes Edwards.

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. The Potters, who now sit 18th in the Premier League table, face Manchester United on Monday night.