Stoke interested in ex-Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores

Annette Crawford
January 11, 2018

While the Ireland manager has been heavily linked with taking over at the Premier League strugglers, current Espnayol boss Flores remains the club's top target.

The former Watford manager, 52, is now in charge of Espanyol and BBC Sport reports he is one of several candidates Stoke are looking at.

The ex-Real Madrid defender spent one season in charge at Vicarage Road, leading the Hornets to 13th place in the Premier League and the semi-finals of the FA Cup, before effectively being sacked in May 2016 when they decided not to extend his contract.

In June 2016 the ex Real Madrid and Valencia player ventured back to his homeland with Espanyol, who finished 8th last season, but this term are now in 14th after 18 games.

Stoke are still hoping to have Hughes' successor in place in time for their game against Manchester United on 15 January.

Then there's the Republic of Ireland gaffer Martin O'Neill.

His deal with Espanyol runs until the end of next season, but it is understood that he would be interested in a return to the Premier League.

Derby County boss Gary Rowett was originally one of the bookmakers' favourites to succeed Hughes, but he signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal with the Championship club on Tuesday.

Marca doesn't seem to know much about the interest either, as they take claims from England to say that a response from Flores is expected by Stoke City before tomorrow.

Stoke are next in action on Monday away to Man Utd, live on Sky Sports.

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