Moyes will have a say on Sunderland’s next manager
LONDON: David Moyes quit as manager of Sunderland on Monday after taking the club down in his first season and losing the support of his players — but he will still have a say on his replacement.
It is understood that chief executive Martin Bain plans to seek Moyes’ advice on the next boss and the pair were at the LMA dinner on Monday.
It is Bain who will lead the search for their sixth manager in four years after Moyes informed him and owner Ellis Short of his decision to resign during a meeting in London on Monday morning.
The Black Cats are unlikely to be an attractive proposition given that Short wants to sell the club and they are £140 million (RM770 million) in debt, although Moyes did forgo the £3 million he would have been owed had he been sacked.
The former Everton and Manchester United boss leaves behind few supporters at the Stadium of Light.
One senior player commented recently that Moyes ‘did not care’ and several others — including Papy Djilobodji, Lamine Kone and Wahbi Khazri — declared themselves unfit for Sunday’s 5-1 defeat at Chelsea, after which some players voiced their unhappiness with his management.
Moyes had long since lost the dressing-room after repeatedly questioning the strength of his squad, who thought his training sessions were repetitive and uninspiring.
The Scot never came to terms with what he thought were broken promises from Short over his transfer budget following his arrival last July.
For the past fortnight he has feigned an intention to stay on as manager, but his mind was already made up. It was decided soon after supporters turned on him for the first time on April 15 during a 2-2 home draw with West Ham.
Moyes, though, did not want to look as if he walking away because of those fans who had called for him to go.
Instead, he attempted to manoeuvre himself into a position of apparent power, insisting he would remain at the club should Short match his ambition for next season.
But Moyes knew that he would not be afforded the club’s parachute payments and that he would first have to sell star player Jordan Pickford before assembling a new team for the Championship.
He also realised that many of his squad had turned against him. They blame his negativity for draining the squad — and the club — of belief and enthusiasm in recent months.
Very few observers will dispute that he was dealt a bad hand; an owner who wanted to sell, a squad short on depth and quality and little money to do anything about it.
But that was no excuse for chucking in the towel after round one, just as he did when he forecast a season-long struggle against relegation following the first home game of the season. It set the tone for a miserable campaign.
On reflection, Moyes should have quit last summer. Instead, he hung around to tell the world what a rotten mess the football club is in. And he is right, Sunderland are in dire need of root and branch reform.
At least with Moyes gone they have taken one step in the right direction. His resignation is perhaps the best decision he has made all season. Daily Mail