David Moyes expects to remain Sunderland manager even if his side gets relegated from the Premier League at the end of this season. It’s been reported that the former Manchester United and Everton manager is part of longer term plans for the club that has been spiralling into debt on the back of a series of relegation battles and managerial changes.
Sunderland are currently seven points adrift of safety at the bottom of the table and bookmakers have all but written them off in the top flight, quoted as low as 1/25 to be relegated. While the Black Cats are the only side in the bottom 6 not to have sacked the team boss, Moyes is 7/2 to be the next manager to leave a Premier League club before the end of the season.
Should Moyes survive as expected, he’ll be the first Sunderland manager since Steve Bruce in 2010/11 to last a full season at the helm. Owner Ellis Short has realised the revolving door policy, which has seen seven managers in six years at the Stadium of Light, must change for the long term good of the club and identified chief executive Martin Bain and Moyes as the men to bring stability.
Moyes told Chronicle Live, “I think Sunderland supporters have been through it all before, and they would turn around tell you that changing manager is not the right way – the club has tried that.”
“I think they have seen that it has not worked, and the club has had to look to try something else.”
Moyes has been realistic from the start and came in for much criticism when predicting the club would be involved in a relegation battle this season.
“My comments in the first couple weeks of the season [that he expected Sunderland to be in another relegation battle] did not go down well, but I was being honest because I didn’t think we had enough to get us away from where we were in terms of relegation battles,” said Moyes.
“The supporters have been great, but if they weren’t then I would totally understand. But I think they understand that there has to be more stability.”