McDonald denies Sunderland contact and says he’s happy at Blackpool

Blackpool manager Neil McDonald
Blackpool manager Neil McDonald
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Neil McDonald says he’s had no contact from Sunderland about their assistant manager’s role.

Neil McDonald says he’s had no contact from Sunderland about their assistant manager’s role.

It’s believed the Blackpool boss casually spoke to long-term pal Sam Allardyce about becoming the assistant manager at the Stadium of Light earlier this week.

But he played down any chance of a move saying he is happy to stay on at Blackpool.

“There’s been no contact from Sunderland,” he told reporters at his weekly press conference.

“I’m happy to continue as Blackpool manager. I have a brilliant relationship with Sam Allardyce so people are putting two and two together to get five.

“It’s took me a long time to become a number one, this is my turn.

“I’m proud to be Blackpool manager.”

The Pool boss worked as Allardyce’s assistant at Bolton, Blackburn and, until May this year, at West Ham.

It means Allardyce will be forced to look elsewhere, and it won’t be Southend boss Phil Brown who also revealed he rejected the chance to team up with Allardyce.

“The opportunity was put to me to go to Sunderland but, after talking with the chairman here, I’ve decided to stay at Southend,” he said.