Sunderland manager David Moyes poses
New Sunderland manager David Moyes has told The Scottish Sun that whilst he held talks with Celtic, he snubbed the Bhoys as he wanted to return to the Premier League.
Moyes, 53, had been out of work since losing his job at Real Sociedad back in November 2015, but was called upon to take the Sunderland job after Sam Allardyce left to become England manager.
Moyes will now get to work in the transfer market given that Sunderland have failed to make a signing so far this summer, but it all could have been so different for the former Manchester United and Everton manager.
When Ronny Deila left Celtic at the end of last season, Moyes was one of the frontrunners for the job. After all, Glasgow-born Moyes had a spell with Celtic in the early stages of his playing career, and a return to Celtic Park appeared to be ideal for all parties.
In the end, Celtic went with Brendan Rodgers as their new manager back in May, and Moyes had two wait two more months to get back into management when Sunderland called.
Now, Moyes has spoken to The Scottish Sun, and admitted that he did hold several meetings with Celtic officials about replacing Deila as Bhoys boss - but ultimately overlooked the chance to become Celtic manager.
Moyes claims that, whilst he knows the people at Celtic well, he had a strong desire to return to the Premier League, and rather than head up to Scotland, he was willing to wait for his chance to return to English football - but it's unclear whether Celtic actually offered Moyes the job, or he just held talks and decided the job wasn't for him. Either way, a Celtic return clearly wasn't Moyes' preferred choice this summer.
"I met Celtic and I know the people very well," said Moyes. "They spoke to me several times before but I had other clubs this summer who met me at the same time. I’ve had opportunities to go abroad but I wanted to come back to the Premier League."
"The league has an exciting group of managers and I wanted to compete against them. But it is the potential of Sunderland that, to my mind, hasn’t reached the heights," he added.
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