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The Herald - Herald Sport - - FOOTBALL - SUN­DER­LAND EVER­TON WOLVES

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.

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