Glenn Hoddle was considered by Sunderland to become their new manager, according to the Daily Star.
It is understood the former England manager was not formally approached by the Black Cats, but was one of the choices made by the club's owner, Ellis Short, before Gus Poyet was eventually given the reins.
The 55-year-old has been out of management for seven years since leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers. He was controversially sacked as England manager in 1999 after making comments about disabled people.
But Hoddle has since made a return to football and he recently joined the Football Association's new commission programme set up by the chairman Greg Dyke to try to formulate ideas to improve the England team.
Poyet, who left Championship promotion hopefuls Brighton and Hove Albion in somewhat controversial fashion during the summer, will begin his Sunderland managerial career this weekend when the Premier League strugglers travel to Swansea following the international break.
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