Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has rejected Sunderland’s advances for their managerial position.
The Black cats search for a new manager took a hit with The Daily Mail reporting that the 52-year-old has opted to remain at Real Sociedad.
Moyes took over at the Basque club last November following his dismissal as United boss before the end of last season.
Deciding to rebuild his career abroad, the Scot has gained great admiration from the Sociedad fans and guided La Real to 12th in La Liga this season.
Sunderland chairman Ellis Short is searching for his seventh manager in six years since Dick Advocaat announced on Tuesday he would not be signing a new contract.
Advocaat replaced Gus Poyet at the Stadium of Light in March but, having successfully steered the north east side to safety, took the decision not to continue in club management.
Former Real Madrid coach Paul Clement is thought to be ready to step into the vacant position at Derby County for his first managers job, ruling Sunderland out for the highly rated man.
The outgoing manager at the iPro Stadium, Steve McClaren, is being considered to replace Advocaat.
Elsewhere, Sam Allardyce is available after his contract wasn’t renewed at West Ham as is Roberto Di Matteo, recently resigned from Schalke.
The Independent say that Sean Dyche and Kevin Phillips are other names Sunderland are looking at. Phillips would be a popular choice among Sunderland fans for his playing days with the Black Cats where he scored 130 goals but would be a risk without any experience of managing.
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