Former England manager Steve McClaren has ruled himself out of the running to replace Avram Grant as West Ham manager.

Grant was sacked by Hammers co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan following Sunday's 3-2 defeat at Wigan, which condemned the London club to relegation to the npower Championship.

McClaren, who was sacked by German club Wolfsburg earlier this season following a successful spell in Holland with FC Twente, was thought to be among the favourites to replace Israeli Grant. But, in a statement to Sky Sports News, McClaren said: "It is very flattering to be linked with a club of West Ham's size and historic stature, also one that has tremendous fans."

"However, at this moment in time I do not wish to be considered for the position. But I wish everybody at West Ham all the very best for the future."

First-team coach Kevin Keen has been placed in temporary charge, while Chris Hughton, Neil Warnock, Gus Poyet and Sam Allardyce could be in the frame for the permanent position.

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