Moyes ac­cepts Sun­der­land’s fate

Rel­e­gated to the Cham­pi­onship after los­ing for 23rd time

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Sun­der­land’s 10-year stay in the Premier League is over after Josh King’s late strike gave Bournemouth a 1-0 vic­tory that con­demned them to rel­e­ga­tion yes­ter­day.

David Moyes’ side slumped out of the English top-flight with a whim­per as the lat­est dis­mal dis­play ended with King’s win­ner in the 88th minute.

Moyes briefly thought there might be a re­prieve when their rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals Hull City con­ceded a late penalty at Southamp­ton, but Du­san Tadic’s spot-kick was saved by Eldin Jakupovic to give Hull a goal­less draw that ended Sun­der­land’s sur­vival hopes.

In the bot­tom three since Septem­ber 10, bot­tom of the ta­ble Sun­der­land have gone 10 games with­out a win and will be play­ing in the Cham­pi­onship when the 2017/18 sea­son be­gins in Au­gust.

Moyes said the man­ner of their 23rd loss in 34 games il­lus­trated why they were go­ing down. “It summed up our sea­son,” he told the BBC. “We played well for long parts. We had four or five good op­por­tu­ni­ties and did a good job. We’re all dis­ap­pointed and I feel more for the sup­port­ers. We take col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity from top to bot­tom. We’ll dust our­selves down and see what we have to do.”

Moyes, who took over at Sun­der­land in the sum­mer after Sam Al­lardyce had left the role to be­come Eng­land man­ager, hinted he wanted to re­main in charge at the Sta­dium of Light next sea­son as he said he planned to hold talks with the club’s hi­er­ar­chy.

“I think the plan when I sit down with the chair­man is to look at how we can get the team back up,” he said. “This is a great club and I feel for the sup­port­ers. We have to try and give them some­thing to cheer about.” Mean­while, Hull now have a three-point mar­gin over 18th­placed Swansea City, who play to­day at Manch­ester United, thanks to the point earned at Southamp­ton.

Jakupovic was the hero with his penalty save, and Marco Silva, the Hull man­ager, said: “It is a re­ally im­por­tant point to us. “We knew be­fore it would be re­ally dif­fi­cult for us but we had a very good per­for­mance, the first half was re­ally very good.”

Lee Smith / Reuters

David Moyes was un­able to keep Sun­der­land from be­ing rel­e­gated. ‘This is a great club,’ he says. ‘I feel for the sup­port­ers.’

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