Moyes rel­ishes EPL re­turn

Walker finds way to first ma­jor tri­umph

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here -

SUN­DER­LAND boss David Moyes in­sists he has been re­vi­talised by his spell out of man­age­ment as he looks to bring sta­bil­ity to the Sta­dium of Light.

Moyes had been out of work for eight months after be­ing sacked by Real So­ciedad last Novem­ber, but the for­mer Manch­ester United and Ever­ton man­ager feels rein­vig­o­rated after re­turn­ing to the Pre­mier League.

The 53-year-old Scot was hired last month to re­place Sam Al­lardyce, who left Sun­der­land to take the Eng­land job, and yes­ter­day he held his first press con­fer­ence in his new role.

Moyes’ rep­u­ta­tion was tar­nished by his night­mare spell at Old Traf­ford, which ended with his sack­ing after less than a sea­son in charge of United, and his un­der­whelm­ing spell in Spain.

But he is adamant his sab­bat­i­cal has helped give him a fresh out­look and more in­sight into the keys to suc­cess at a club who have nar­rowly avoided rel­e­ga­tion for the last two sea­sons.

“It was great to play golf and spend time with my fam­ily but this is what I do and I want to get back and get on with it,” Moyes said.

“I think mod­ern man­age­ment means that more man­agers will take breaks in their ca­reer with the way it is.

“I wouldn’t say I’ve been away from the game, I watched as much foot­ball as I could.

“I’ve been to watch train­ing from other sides of the world and I’ve been in­volved with Uefa a lot, whether it’s watch­ing the Euros or whether it’s been tak­ing the Pro Li­cence coaches. I’ve been out but I’ve been busy.

“This has now got to be a build­ing job. I’m here for four years and I want to bring a level of sta­bil­ity back to the club.”

Moyes re­mained tight-lipped on trans­fer ru­mours, which have in­cluded re­ports link­ing him with pos­si­ble moves for Ad­nan Januzaj and Marouane Fel­laini, who both played un­der him at United.

“If any of those good play­ers want to join me I’d be happy to have them,” he said.

“They’re ex­cel­lent play­ers. We’re in­ter­ested but I’m sure there’s a load of other clubs that are as well.

“You have to have a re­al­is­tic view. There’ll be some play­ers we can at­tract just now and some play­ers we can’t.

“We have of­fers in for peo­ple al­ready JIMMY WALKER said win­ning the PGA Cham­pi­onship on Sun­day for his first ca­reer ma­jor was a mat­ter of trust, both in him­self and in his game. The 37-year-old Texan showed he had what it takes by hold­ing up over 36 holes over the sop­ping wet Bal­tus­rol course on the fi­nal day for a one-shot win over world No 1 and de­fend­ing cham­pion Ja­son Day. “I felt con­fi­dent. I felt con­fi­dent in my­self. I felt con­fi­dent in what I was do­ing. Felt con­fi­dent in my golf swing, my putting, my chip­ping,” said Walker, who had missed four cuts from his last eight events but found some­thing “clicked” over the last nine holes of last week’s Cana­dian Open. “Kind of tried to wrap my­self around that; that every­thing was feel­ing good, and to go with that and trust what I was do­ing. Trust all the stuff that I have been work­ing on, and that’s what I tried to ap­ply out there.” It was an ar­du­ous day on the wa­ter-logged Bal­tus­rol, as Walker and the lead­ers came in early Sun­day morn­ing to play all 18 holes of the third round be­fore a three-hour break ahead of their tee times for the fi­nal round. “It was a test to­day, it re­ally was,” said Walker. “It’s tough walk­ing, soft and wet and nasty, and it just kind of wears on you. “It was nice to have the long break in be­tween the rounds. I got to go back to my bus. I took a hot shower. I got rubbed down. and we’re work­ing hard.” —

Su­perS­port

“Went back. Too Took a shower, re­laxed, laid on the couch. Kind of fell asleep for a lit­tle bit. It was great. I think it’s ex­actly whatwh I needed to do.”

Walker ran off ni­nen pars in a row on the front nine of the fi­nal round but had Day and Bri­tish Open cham­pion Hen­rik Sten­son breath­ing down his neck, one shot back at theth turn.

The Amer­i­can, a five-time PGA Tour win­ner, holed out from a greensi green­side bunker to birdie the 10th and rolled in a 30-footer30-foote for birdie at 11 to lead by two. A birdie at 17 gave himhi a three-shot lead. The big­gest test a awaited on the par-five 18th. Aus­tralian Day ma­dem ea­gle to cut Walker’s three­shot shot lead to one, re­quir­ing him to make par for vic­tory.

“When he holed out for ea­gle on the last hole ... it was still game time time,” said Walker, who saw the ea­gle from back in the fair­wayfa as he waited to hit.

Walker said he and his long time cad­die Andy San­ders, who he m met at Bal­tus­rol when both were play­ing in the 200 2000 US Am­a­teur, de­cided to go for the green as dic­tated­dic­tate by the dis­tance and the good lie.

“I was stand­ing o out there on the fair­way and we just said, ‘let’s go for it.’ I fig­ured, 19 times out of 20, you’re go­ing to make a fivefi go­ing for the green from right there,” Walker said.said

“I lit­er­ally hit it ini the worst place you could hit it,” he said about the sh shot that landed in deep rough some 30 yards right of theth pin.

But Walker popped­popp it out of the thick grass some 35 feet be­yond the cup cup. Need­ing two putts to win, he ran the first putt three feet past.

“Ended up hav­ing­havin to make a lit­tle, you know, tester com­ing in and jus just buried it. It was awe­some.” — Su­perS­port

Jimmy Walker

David Moyes

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