Reid rules out Sunderland return

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Sunderland will draw up a shortlist of candidates to replace Roy Keane later this week - but former boss Peter Reid will not be on it.

Reid, currently in charge of the Thailand national team, was quoted as saying he was ready to return to Wearside, but has moved to clarify his position with Thailand.

"I said that in a certain amount of time I want go back to England," Reid said. "But I have a contract in Thailand that I want to fulfil."

He added: "I didn't say I wanted to go back to Sunderland, sometimes in England you get mis-quoted.

"I haven't been offered the job at Sunderland and I will not take it if I am offered it. I haven't asked for the job at Sunderland.

"I have been there once and loved it, it's a great place but I am enjoying working here."

Asked about the initial reports, Worawi Makudi, president of the Football Association of Thailand, had earlier told PA Sport: "I don't think he will (leave)."

Questioned further about claims there is a clause in Reid's contract allowing him to return to England, Worawi replied: "For holiday, yes."

Former Black Cats defender and coach Sam Allardyce remains the bookmakers' favourite, but sources on Wearside have suggested he does not necessarily enjoy the same status with the men who will make the decision.

He and second favourite Alan Curbishley were in Sunderland's sights before Keane was appointed in August 2006, and are currently out of work following their respective departures from Newcastle and West Ham under very different circumstances.

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