Sam Allardyce has told Sunderland it is too soon for him to consider becoming their head coach, as he is determined to take a break following his departure from West Ham.
Allardyce was the bookmakers' favourite to take charge of Sunderland next season and had interested owner Ellis Short, who would prefer to appoint an experienced successor to Dick Advocaat following the Dutchman's decision not to extend his stay at the Stadium of Light.
Paul Clement wants to take his first managerial job after a successful spell as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid. But Short is wary of turning to another inexperienced man after Paolo Di Canio and Gus Poyet both failed on Wearside. Former England manager Steve McClaren is another name on their shortlist.
Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is giving serious consideration to leaving goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny out of his FA Cup final starting line-up in a move that would place a huge question mark against his future. Szczesny has played in the last four rounds of the FA Cup for Arsenal, despite losing his Premier League place to David Ospina.
Last season, Wenger remained loyal to cup goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi for the final against Hull City, at the expense of Szczesny. (© Daily Telegraph, London)