Moyes will have a say on Sun­der­land’s next man­ager

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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

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