Conflicting reports continue to emerge on the future of Real Sociedad manager David Moyes, who is being linked with a swift return to the Premier League less than one year after taking the job in the Spanish La Liga.
The latest reports claim Moyes has rejected the chance to succeed Dick Advocaat at Sunderland.
Simon Jones of the Daily Mail reported that Moyes will not be returning to the Premier League with Sunderland.
The Black Cats are looking for a successor to Advocaat, who stepped down from his interim post with the club after staving off the threat of relegation.
The Mail article claims Sunderland spoke with Moyes in initial talks, but the former Everton and Manchester United boss has decided against a move to Wearside.
Owner Ellis Short was prepared to offer a lucrative wage package and a healthy transfer kitty that would ensure Sunderland could bring in up to six quality signings, as recommended by Advocaat.
After talks took place on Thursday, Moyes decided the challenge was not for him and he has opted to stay in Spain.
The former Manchester United and Everton boss has also been sounded out about the vacant post at West Ham but it is understood it would take a bigger offer to tempt him away from Sociedad where he has settled quickly.
Moyes was strongly linked previously with the Hammers, and the Daily Mirror‘s Andy Dunn reported on May 2 that he would replace Sam Allardyce at West Ham United:
David Moyes looks certain to take over as West Ham manager next season.
Sunday Mirror Sport understands Moyes – who has been at Real Sociedad for barely six months – is keen for the swiftest possible return to the Premier League, and the Spanish club will not stand in his way.
While former Everton and Manchester United boss Moyes insists he is revelling in his time in La Liga, his achievement in stabilising a Sociedad side who looked bound for relegation when he took over has been seen locally as little more than the minimum requirement.
And while he has created a decent impression with the Basque club, he is not seen as a long-term option.
Moyes took the Sociedad job just before the turn of the year at a time when the Basque club were facing relegation, and while the Scot guided them to a 12th-place finish in the table, performances were inconsistent.
However, local fans seem to be quite satisfied with the manager.
Moyes was a massive success during his time with Everton before a brief―and disastrous―stint with Manchester United. There’s little doubt teams would love to bring him in should he decide to return to England after just one year in La Liga, but so far, the man remains adamant that won’t be the case.