Shearer right about ‘pa­thetic’ Sun­der­land, says Moyes

New Straits Times - - Sport - DAVID MOYES

LON­DON: Sun­der­land man­ager David Moyes said Monday he had no de­fence to for­mer Eng­land striker Alan Shearer’s damn­ing criticism of his rel­e­gated side af­ter their in­ept dis­play dur­ing a de­feat by Swansea.

The Black Cats, who played Arse­nal in the penul­ti­mate match of a mis­er­able Premier League sea­son late yes­ter­day, of­fered min­i­mal re­sis­tance in a 2-0 de­feat by Swansea at Sun­der­land’s Sta­dium of Light last week­end in a re­sult that se­cured the Welsh club’s top-flight sta­tus.

Shearer, now a pun­dit with BBC tele­vi­sion’s Match of the Day, slammed Sun­der­land’s ef­fort in front of their own sup­port­ers as “dis­grace­ful“, “pa­thetic” and “lazy.”

Moyes did not dis­agree with Shearer, who spent a large part of his ca­reer with Sun­der­land’s northeast ri­vals New­cas­tle United.

“I’d have to say that I think in many ways, he was right,” Moyes told a pre­match news con­fer­ence on Monday.

“I was in­cred­i­bly dis­ap­pointed with the per­for­mance.

“I don’t think any player ever goes out to try to per­form like that. There were some rea­sons for it, but I’m ac­tu­ally privy to the stats, I can see the phys­i­cal stats and on much of that, I couldn’t dis­agree.”

Moyes was crit­i­cised for say­ing Sun­der­land, who had en­joyed sev­eral nar­row es­capes in pre­vi­ous cam­paigns, faced an­other rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle just two games into the cur­rent sea­son.

But the 54-yearold for­mer Ever­ton and Manch­ester United man­ager had ar­rived at the Sta­dium of Light in suc­ces­sion to Sam Al­lardyce at a time when Amer­i­can owner El­lis Short was look­ing to cut spend­ing and even pos­si­bly sell the club.

Asked if it had been a hor­ri­ble sea­son, Moyes replied: “Of course it has be­cause of the out­come, and we have said we have been re­ally dis­ap­pointed by it. It’s not been great.

“We made ev­ery­body well aware that our squad was short from the start. We also would have liked to have added in Jan­uary.

“We knew, we were ex­pe­ri­enced enough to un­der­stand what it would take to stay up and from the start, we were al­ways play­ing catch-up, re­ally.

“I’ve been re­ally for­tu­nate to see good teams, good play­ers, I know what it looks like. At the mo­ment, the play­ers we’re us­ing are way, way off that level, not any­where near close to the same level.”

But Moyes in­sisted his rep­u­ta­tion as a man­ager, al­ready dented by un­suc­cess­ful spells at United and Span­ish side Real So­ciedad, had not suf­fered per­ma­nent dam­age as a re­sult of Sun­der­land’s strug­gles.

“I came here know­ing ex­actly what the task was go­ing to be,” the Scot said. “I didn’t know ex­actly what was go­ing to hap­pen be­hind the scenes.

“In foot­ball, some­times you win games. I have said it, I’m say­ing it to de­fend my­self — I have a great win record at nearly all the clubs I have been at. This is the only anom­aly where it hasn’t happened.

“But I have got to say, it hasn’t happened for quite a few man­agers and it has been that way for quite a while.” AFP

I’d have to say that I think in many ways, he was right. I was in­cred­i­bly dis­ap­pointed with the per­for­mance.

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