The former Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes has turned down the chance to return to English football as Sunderland manager, according to reports.
Moyes, who led Real Sociedad to twelfth place in La Liga last season, had been considered one of the favourites for the vacant post after the expiry of Dick Advocaat's short-term deal with the Black Cats.
However, the Daily Mail says that Moyes has opted to stay with Sociedad following talks with Sunderland, who lost just one of their last six games to secure their Premier League status, on Thursday.
The Scot remains a candidate for the West Ham job following the club's sacking of Sam Allardyce after the last Premier League game of the season, but is thought to be reluctant to leave the Basque club after just six months. Sociedad has a tradition of British managers after the Welshmen Chris Coleman and John Toshack enjoyed spells there.
Sunderland manager candidates
Sunderland manager candidates
1/6 Sam Allardyce
Former Sunderland defender Allardyce was swiftly installed as the bookmakers' favourite following Sunday's announcement that his contract at West Ham would not be renewed. He is undoubtedly a safe pair of hands, but does not fit readily into the continental model Short has introduced at the Stadium of Light and has indicated he will take several months out of the game after his spell at Upton Park.
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2/6 Paul Clement
Carlo Ancelotti's number two at Real Madrid has been touted as a candidate for several Barclays Premier League jobs in the last six months and has a relationship with the Black Cats' sporting director Lee Congerton following their time together at Chelsea. However, timing may prove crucial with Derby understood to be closing in on him as they look to replace Steve McClaren.
3/6 Steve McClaren
McClaren was sacked by Derby on Monday after failing to achieve promotion to the Premier League for the second successive year. The former Middlesbrough boss has been courted by derby rivals Newcastle - who are also looking for a head coach - in recent months and a return to the north-east, where he won the Carling Cup in 2004 and steered Boro to the 2006 UEFA Cup final, could appeal.
4/6 David Moyes
Moyes was appointed Real Sociedad boss in November last year on his return to management after being relieved of his duties at Manchester United. He is contracted until the summer of next year, but, given his experience in England's top flight, is likely to be linked with every job which comes up, although he insisted earlier this week he is happy where he is.
5/6 Sean Dyche
Despite being unable to preserve Burnley's top-flight status, Dyche enhanced his reputation during the club's brief stay in the big time. However, his commitment to the Clarets and the task of restoring them to the Premier League may mean potential suitors are wasting their time.
6/6 Kevin Phillips
Phillips would certainly enjoy popular support in Wearside, where he is fondly remembered for the goals which helped to propel the club into the limelight and secure successive top-seven finishes. He revealed recently that he has ambitions to return as manager, but admitted he is not ready to do so yet, and the chances are Sunderland will be looking for greater experience.
The Black Cats also seem likely to miss out on Paul Clement, another of their managerial targets, with the Real Madrid assistant coach seemingly set to succeed Steve McClaren as Derby County manager.
McClaren, who was sacked by the Rams after failing to secure promotion to the Premier League, now joins the list of Sunderland's potential targets which also includes Sam Allardyce, Sean Dyche and Kevin Phillips, who scored 113 league goals for the club.
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