David Moyes is looking on the positive side and believes that after relegation he will be able to bring in the right players.
His reasoning for this is due to his declaration that ‘Sunderland will be the biggest club in the Championship’ next season.
Already I can hear Aston Villa and Leeds fans grinding their teeth.
If you feel the need to make a public announcement that you are the ‘biggest club’, it kind of weakens your case, because surely you can just leave that to neutrals to talk about…if indeed you are the biggest club.
Funnily enough, only a month ago Steve Bruce stated that one of the biggest problems Aston Villa faced was that they were the biggest club in the second tier. This meaning that they were the ‘big scalp’ that other teams were desperate to perform when playing in front of thousands of empty seats at Villa Park.
Steve Bruce April 2017:
“It’s never going to be easy because of who we are.
“Aston Villa are the big scalp in this division. Everyone wants to turn us over.
“All the teams that come to Villa Park want to perform on the big stage and in the big arena.”
Aston Villa spent a massive £70m last season, the best part of £20m more than Newcastle, and Tony Xia looks sure to give it another good go this time as they desperately need to return to the Premier League ASAP.
When it comes to signing players, David Moyes doesn’t quite seem to have thought his argument quite through – because the then goes on to say that all his current players will be taking a wage cut as it is in their contracts if relegated, plus the ‘wage bill is big and it will be a problem next year too because it will affect what we are able to do’.
Players may well see Sunderland as the ‘biggest club in the Championship’ next season but players won’t come for half the wages that say Villa (or Middlesbrough, Swansea, Hull etc?) will pay, nor will clubs sell/loan players at a special discount to the Mackems, just because they are ‘so big’.
I have a feeling that next season’s Championship could be VERY entertaining…
David Moyes – 11 May 2017:
“Sunderland will be the biggest club in the Championship and that should help us attract players.
“There are different parts to it – if you buy youngsters, there are no guarantees; if you buy senior players they help you initially but you don’t get resale value – all these things are part of it.
“We have to look and see what is the best way to do it.
“The club’s position over the last few years has meant that sometimes we have not been able to get the top player off the shelf.
“The wage bill is big and it will be a problem next year too because it will affect what we are able to do.
“You need players who give you value for money by playing Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday-Wednesday nearly every week.
“Getting the wage bill down is something that will happen because everybody has that in their contract anyway.
“But it will still mean that our wage bill is high for the division, so that will need to be kept down as well.”