Gerard Houllier: I'd Reject Sunderland

Gerard Houllier is the latest manager to rule himself out of the running for the vacant Sunderland hot-seat...
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn said recently that there had been an overwhelming wave of interest from managers keen on succeeding Roy Keane at the Stadium of Light. The media, though, can't seem to figure out who they are.

Since the Irishman walked away from his Black Cats post, the hunt has been on for the next Sunderland boss, both in Quinn's boardroom and in the press.

However, Twente's Steve McClaren, Hull City boss Phil Brown and former gaffer Peter Reid, currently in charge of Thailand, are amongst those who have denied their interest in the gig.

Now, former Liverpool and Lyon tactician Gerard Houllier has swiped his hat out of the ring.

The Frenchman, currently the technical director of the French Football Federation, told Canal Plus: "Sunderland? No, I'm not interested, and I haven't been contacted directly."

Former Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce remains the favourite, and at least he is interested.

Greg Ptolomey, Goal.com