Report: Phil Neville wants Sunderland job after rejecting West Ham role

A general view of the stadium as players warm up ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Derby County at Stadium of Light on August 4, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

Phil Neville was linked with a role at West Ham United, but reportedly wants the Sunderland job instead.

Pundit Phil Neville smiles prior to The Emirates FA Cup Final match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on May 21, 2016 in London, England.

According to a report from ESPN, Phil Neville has rejected the chance to make up part of David Moyes' backroom team at West Ham because he is keen to try and land the Sunderland job.

ESPN reports that Moyes is on the verge of taking the Hammers job, and there had been talk that Neville - who played under Moyes at Everton and worked as part of his coaching team at Manchester United - may join him at the London Stadium.

David Moyes, Manager of Sunderland gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on May 16, 2017 in London, England.

However, ESPN adds that Neville has no plans to join the Irons, and now wants to become Sunderland boss as he looks to establish himself as a manager in his own right

The Black Cats are in a desperate situation in the Championship. They go into the international break bottom of the second tier just months after being relegated from the Premier League - and parted company with former manager Simon Grayson after their 3-3 draw with Bolton last week.

A general view of the stadium as players warm up ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Derby County at Stadium of Light on August 4, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

While the report does not suggest how interested Sunderland are in appointing Neville at this stage, the fact that he has seemingly rejected Moyes' offer to join him at West Ham certainly hints that the retired defender is somewhat confident about his chances of landing the Stadium of Light post.

But with Sunderland in a terrible position, it would not be a surprise if Black Cats supporters were less than enthused about the prospect of Neville becoming the man tasked with getting them out of their current situation.

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