Former Manchester United manager David Moyes appears to have suffered a further blow, with reports suggesting that he has been ruled out of the running to become the new boss of Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen.
This is according to The Daily Mail, who suggest that the Scot - who departed Old Trafford on Monday morning after just 295 days in charge - has stated his desire to manage in Germany but has been ruled out as a viable option by the club's board to fill their vacant position due to his profile and price.
The source further claims that Leverkusen are looking to spend no more than an annual £1.2 million on a new manager, with Moyes - who reportedly earned £5 million-per-year at Manchester United - deemed too costly as a consequence.
Following an alarming slump of just one win in nine games, Leverkusen - who met Moyes and Manchester United during the group stages of this season's Champions League - dispensed of the services of former Liverpool stalwart Sami Hyypia earlier this month, with the Fin lasting less than a year in permanent charge at the BayArena.
Currently clinging on to their top-fourth berth in the Bundesliga by a solitary point ahead of Wolfsburg, Leverkusen were able to regain a lot of confidence by recording a thumping 4-1 victory at the hands of relegation-threatened Nürnberg at Grundig-Stadion on Tuesday night.
Following his abrupt departure from Manchester United, it will certainly be intriguing to see just what the future holds for Moyes moving forward.
Although his previously stellar reputation that was built up through years of toil with Everton has taken a substantial beating during his torrid time with the 20-time title champions, it is well worth remembering his achievements at Goodison Park that led to Sir Alex Ferguson to be convinced that he was the right man to take on his formidable legacy.
While it certainly does not look like Bayer Leverkusen will be in a position to offer him a chance of a quick return to management, you must think that there are at least half-a-dozen Premier League outfits who would jump at the chance to appoint Moyes.
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