Only 11 days after declaring that Sunderland would be the club every player would want to join in the Championship, David Moyes has thrown the towel in,
So desperate to get away, Moyes has resigned rather than trying to engineer a pay-off.
If somebody like David Moyes doesn’t want the job, you just wonder who will be willing to take on a club that looks in serious danger of facing a real struggle in the upcoming Championship season and beyond.
In his 10 months at Sunderland, David Moyes managed only six league wins and relegated them well ahead of schedule, the Mackems ending the season 16 points from safety. With universal agreement that they had been one of the very worst top tier teams seen for some time.
Official Sunderland Statement 22 May 2017:
‘Sunderland AFC has announced that David Moyes has resigned from his position as manager of the football club.
David advised the chairman and chief executive of his decision to leave the club at a meeting in London this morning (Monday 22nd May 2017).
Speaking about the decision, chairman Ellis Short stated: “I pursued the services of David Moyes for a considerable period prior to his appointment last summer, which makes the announcement of his departure difficult for everyone concerned.
“Having worked tirelessly throughout the campaign to avoid relegation from the Premier League, David has chosen to leave the club without compensation, which is testament to his character.
“In the days ahead we will take some time for reflection, and then focus on recruitment and pre-season as we prepare for our Championship campaign. We wish David well in the future.”
David Moyes said: “I would like to thank Ellis Short and the Board for giving me the opportunity to manage Sunderland and the fans for always being so passionately supportive of their club.
“I wish the players and my successor well in their efforts towards promotion back to the Premier League”.
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.”