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Stoke City confident of landing Quique Sanchez Flores despite hold up

Stoke City confident of landing Quique Sanchez Flores despite hold up

Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores has refused to confirm whether he has been approached to take over as manager of Stoke City.

Club general director Óscar Perarnau and sports director Jordi Lardín have been in the meeting with Flores, although the latter is said to have left at 2pm Spanish time.

Sanchez Flores is expected to make a decision today and reports have emerged this morning suggesting that he will take the Premier League job.

Elsewhere in Spain it had been reported this payment may not be necessary.

"Espanyol manager Quique Sanchez Flores was 50/1 a few days ago for the vacant position at Stoke but now finds himself the 2/5 favourite after proving very popular with punters recently", said BetVictor's Head of ante post Football Michael Triffitt.

The Potters sacked boss Hughes last weekend after the 2-1 FA Cup loss at League Two Coventry, which followed a run of seven losses in 10 Premier League games.

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He has a release clause worth €4m in his contract and Stoke are willing to pay that amount to Espanyol once Flores gives the signal to move back to England this month.

It is also understood that Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is under consideration for the manager's job at the bet365 Stadium.

"Right now we're not thinking about anything other than the game and Sunday's match against Athletic (Bilbao)".

O'Neill and his coaching team, which features Roy Keane, agreed contract extensions with the Football Association of Ireland last October.

Niedzwiecki has been assisted by Under-18s boss Kevin Russell, who faced the media at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.