Former West Ham man rules out Sunderland switch

Former West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald has ruled out a move to Sunderland amid links to him joining up with Sam Allardyce again, as reported by BT Sport.

McDonald is currently the manager of Blackpool, but it had been suggested newly-appointed Sunderland boos Sam Allardyce would try and bring him to the Stadium of Light as his assistant for the third time, after previous stints at Blackburn and West Ham.

But the 49-year-old insists there has been no contact and that being a manager is the only thing he wants to focus on in his career.

He said: “I’ve had no links whatsoever.

“I’m the Blackpool manager. I have got a brilliant relationship with Sam Allardyce, so you put two and two together and got five.

“It’s taken me a long time to become a number one after being at Carlisle and helping Sam and myself to better our reputations, which we have done over the past six years.

“This is my turn and I’m proud to be Blackpool manager.”

Allardyce is believed to be eyeing a number of his former West Ham players as he attempts to save the Black Cats from relegation.

Kevin Nolan and Carlton Cole, who are both free agents after being released by the Hammers, are heavily linked with a move to the North East, while there have also been reports of a raid for West Ham defender James Tomkins; though West Ham have publicly stated they are not willing to allow Tomkins to leave.