Moyes un­sure about fu­ture af­ter Sun­der­land drop

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: David Moyes would not con­firm whether he will re­main as Sun­der­land man­ager next sea­son fol­low­ing their rel­e­ga­tion from the Premier League on Satur­day.

Sun­der­land’s rel­e­ga­tion to the Cham­pi­onship, af­ter 10 years in the top tier, was con­firmed af­ter they lost 1-0 at home to Bournemouth and fourth-bot­tom Hull City drew 0-0 at Southamp­ton.

“To think about it and talk about it now is just too quick,” Moyes said when asked about his fu­ture by a tele­vi­sion re­porter at the Sta­dium of Light.

“They’re ques­tions for a week or two down the line. I’m not sure it’s for now. I’d like to make sure we get Sun­der­land back in the Premier League.”

Moyes, sacked by Manch­ester United af­ter just 10 months in charge in April 2014, was ap­pointed Sun­der­land man­ager last July.

Moyes in­her­ited a team who had nar­rowly avoided rel­e­ga­tion un­der Sam Al­lardyce and quickly found him­self fac­ing an up­hill bat­tle.

Sun­der­land have been in the bot­tom three since Septem­ber and have propped up the ta­ble since Jan­uary.

“I’m re­ally dis­ap­pointed,” Moyes added. “I feel for the sup­port­ers. They put their heart and cash into the team and my thoughts are mainly with the sup­port­ers.

“It’s a col­lec­tive thing from top to bot­tom — it’s wrong to blame any in­di­vid­ual. Clubs are much stronger than any one in­di­vid­ual.”

Sun­der­land cap­tain John O’Shea said the close sea­son would pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for the north­east club to take stock.

“There’s go­ing to be changes in the sum­mer,” said the for­mer Manch­ester United de­fender.

“I’ve never been in this sit­u­a­tion be­fore in my ca­reer. It’s ob­vi­ously dis­ap­point­ing, but it’s a chance for the club to take stock of ev­ery­thing and bounce back and give the fans what they want: Premier League foot­ball.” AFP

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