David Moyes is confident he still has the support of owner Ellis Short amid a desperately difficult start to his reign on Wearside.
Moyes heads into today’s clash with high-flying Arsenal still awaiting his first Premier League victory as manager and with some fans having already delivered a damning verdict on his tenure just nine games into the campaign.
There is little doubt that the 53-year-old Scot, who signed a four-year contract during the summer, inherited a difficult situation, a fact which has been acknowledged by new chief executive Martin Bain, who along with Moyes has been charged with the task of bringing stability to the Stadium of Light.
Asked if he sensed Short is remaining patient over the situation, the manager replied: “I’ve never thought anything different. The length of the contract he gave me, his words tell you that.” Manager Ronald Koeman will be “very pleased” should the opportunity come about for him to bring Wayne Rooney back to the club.
There has been plenty of talk of late about the prospect of Manchester United captain Rooney leaving Old Trafford, with him having been dropped to the Red Devils’ bench last month. Koeman was asked yesterday how likely it might be that Rooney returns to Everton, who the 31-year-old left in 2004 to join United.
The Toffees manager replied: “First of all, I think it is a great player, and he has still not finished his career. I do not know how his situation is, and I need to respect that situation. But even when we get one time the possibility that Rooney is an option for Everton, I’m very pleased.” Wolves would be interested in speaking to Sam Allardyce over their managerial vacancy but the former England boss is not looking to return to management until the New Year after his shock exit from the Football Association last month.
Allardyce lasted just 67 days as Three Lions manager as he left after a Daily Telegraph investigation into corruption having managed just one game. The FA’s internal investigation into Allardyce’s alleged conduct is on-going but does not prevent him from working, should a job arise.
While Wolves would be keen on Allardyce, it is understood the club recognises it would be a long shot to tempt the former Sunderland and West Ham manager to Molineux. Wolves are looking to replace Walter Zenga, who was sacked on Tuesday.