BBC SPORT Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC Sport
 You are in: Football: Teams: Sunderland  
Sport Front Page
-------------------
Football
Teams
Statistics
FA Cup
Eng Prem
Internationals
Champions League
Uefa Cup
Eng Div 1
Eng Div 2
Eng Div 3
Eng Conf
Scot Prem
Scottish Cup
Scot Div 1
Scot Div 2
Scot Div 3
Europe
Africa
League of Wales
Cricket
Rugby Union
Rugby League
Tennis
Golf
Motorsport
Boxing
Athletics
Other Sports
-------------------
Special Events
-------------------
Sports Talk
-------------------
BBC Pundits
TV & Radio
Question of Sport
-------------------
Photo Galleries
Funny Old Game
-------------------
Around The UK: 
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales

BBC Sport Academy
BBC News
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS

Tuesday, 8 October, 2002, 20:05 GMT 21:05 UK
Graham rules out Black Cats job
George Graham is currently on holiday
Graham's last managerial post was at Tottenham
George Graham is not interested in becoming the manager of Sunderland, according to his agent.


This is not the right opportunity for George at the moment
George Graham's agent
The former Arsenal manager - who is currently away on holiday - was linked with the position after Peter Reid's dismissal as Black Cats boss on Monday.

He was seen as a frontrunner for the position, along with David O'Leary and Mick McCarthy.

And following news of Reid's departure Graham said: "I'm keen to speak to any club whose ambition matches my own."

But Graham's agent, Steve Kutner, has ended speculation that the 57-year-old could take over at the Stadium of Light.

"This is not the right opportunity for George at the moment," said Kutner.

Meanwhile, West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Peace is confident Baggies boss Gary Megson will not leave his club to take over at the Stadium of Light.

Megson, who guided the Baggies to the Premiership, has developed a reputation as manager who can succeed on a tight budget.

And he is understood to be on the Black Cats shortlist - but Peace is adamant Megson will be staying at the Hawthorns.

"I know for a fact that Gary is happy with what we have achieved at this club to date and he is excited about the future," Peace told the Birmingham Evening Mail newspaper.

"Gary is an exciting young manager and we are lucky to have him at West Brom.

"It is only natural that a club like Sunderland would be keen on a coach who has achieved so much in such a short space of time.

"But I am completely confident that Gary will remain at West Brom."

Sunderland want to have a new manager in place by the time the club play West Ham on 19 October.

 VOTE RESULTS
Who should replace the sacked Peter Reid?

George Graham
 14.68% 

David O'Leary
 59.40% 

Niall Quinn
 25.92% 

22193 Votes Cast

Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion
Peter Reid leaves Sunderland after over seven years in charge

Race to take over

Reid pays price

Comment and reaction

Have your say
Links to more Sunderland stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Sunderland stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

Sport Front Page | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League |
Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Other Sports |
Special Events | Sports Talk | BBC Pundits | TV & Radio | Question of Sport |
Photo Galleries | Funny Old Game | N Ireland | Scotland | Wales