Moyes accepts Sunderland’s fate
Relegated to the Championship after losing for 23rd time
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.”
David Moyes was unable to keep Sunderland from being relegated. ‘This is a great club,’ he says. ‘I feel for the supporters.’