Quique Sanchez Flores rules himself out of vacant Stoke job

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He used the briefing to announce he was staying with the La Liga outfit.

"Here I have all I need".

Flores had been expected to tell his current club Espanyol that he was bound for the Premier League strugglers. I do not understand that you put so much effort in coach.

"I live in a big city, in one of the best leagues, and I have reason to be happy and not to live anxious". "I don't have to explain anything else".

"The fact is that I am here". I am the coach and will continue to be until the end of the season.

Today, however, it has emerged that Flores has turned the Stoke job down, and will stay with Espanyol.

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.

Both O'Neill, who flew back into Dublin on Friday morning, and Keane were at a Soccer Writers of Ireland Association awards ceremony last night but neither commented on Stoke speculation to the media present.

He has verbally agreed to stay on in Dublin, but with no deal signed it is looking increasingly likely that he could be tempted by a return to full-time club management and former Manchester United and Ireland captain Keane is nearly certain to follow him to the bet365 Stadium should he agree on a move.

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