Former England manager Steve McClaren has ruled himself out of the running to replace Avram Grant and become the new manager of West Ham United.
The Hammers were relegated from the Premier League on Sunday following their latest collapse, this time throwing away a two goal lead against fellow relegation candidates Wigan Athletic, after which Grant was swiftly sacked.
Within hours McClaren, the former Middlesbrough manager, who guided FC Twente to the Dutch title in 2010 before a nightmare spell at German club VFL Wolfsburg earlier this season, was installed as the dds-on favourite by bookmakers.
However, McClaren, in a statement on Sky Sports News on Monday evening, made it clear that he is not interested in becoming the next manager of the Hammers.
“It is very flattering to be linked with a club of West Ham’s size and historic stature, also one that has tremendous fans,” he said.
“However, at this moment in time I do not wish to be considered for the position. But I wish everybody at West Ham all the very best for the future.”
With McClaren having ruled himself out, the former Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton is the new favourite with bookmakers.
The Norwich City boss Paul Lambert is also believed to be on the shortlist of the club’s board, however he is unlikely to be willing to leave Norwich following a second successive promotion, which has taken the Canaries into the Premier League.
Brighton manager Gus Poyet is also unlikely to respond to any advances that may come his way from the Boleyn Ground after the treatment suffered by his friend Gianfranco Zola at the hands of the West Ham board last season