Martin O'Neill shuns media event

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On January 12, O'Neill will return to Dublin, having still not signed that contract, after meeting with Stoke City officials this week regarding their vacant manager's position.

However, Flores preferred to focus on his side's cup exploits rather than discuss himself after seeing his Espanyol side progress to the quarter-finals after overturning a first-leg deficit with a 2-0 away win over Levante.

It has been reported that Sanchez Flores has been offered a five-year contract by Stoke and that he would inform the club of his decision on Friday. "I want to continue being happy with my profession". I'm sure they'll try to get it done as soon as possible.

The 18th-placed Staffordshire outfit were interested in Derby manager Gary Rowett until he signed a new contract with the Rams on Tuesday.

Martin O'Neill is Stoke's second-choice for the gig, and a report by Colin Young and Dan McDonnell in today's Irish Independent claims that O'Neill is going to meet the club for talks.

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It would be more hard to extract Flores from Espanyol, however, although he is said to be tempted by the offer and would enjoy the opportunity to go back to the Premier League, having managed Watford in 2015-16.

The 52-year-old Spaniard then took charge at Espanyol in the summer of 2016, on a three-year deal, and they finished eighth in LaLiga last term.

EAMON DUNPHY reckons the Martin O'Neill saga is "embarrassing for the FAI" - with the Republic of Ireland boss looking set to stay on as manager of the national team.

For their part, the FAI are now less confident than they had been about keeping O'Neill, having only verbally agreed a new deal at the end of the country's 2018 World Cup qualification campaign. Niedzwiecki has been assisted by Under-18s boss Kevin Russell, who faced the media at a press conference yesterday afternoon. It was a matter of picking them up on Monday a little bit - there are players who were hurting, and rightly so.