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.”



  • Steve Smith

    Pardew Pardew Pardew Pardew Pardew

    • Andy Mac

      Delicious irony. Think of the derbies we could win if we ever met them again ?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    wonder if Mr Slimeball has faxed his CV to the Skip Rats, he`s not one to hang around

  • nevfur

    According to Michael Grey a Sunderland coach told him Kone and one other player he didn’t name refused to play at Chelsea.
    Defoe apparently talking to Bournemouth

    • Damon Horner

      unnamed? could it be because it might be Defoe?

  • Tino11

    That photo screams “I’m still a virgin!”

    • Alreet

      Unlike the scratty scum fans

  • Waxi

    He must of been told no dosh tosh. BTW ask Villa, Forrest, Norwich, Boro and a few more who the biggest club in the fizzy pop league is.Looks like it could be a long hard season for the mackems.

    • Porciestreet

      Feeeeeeeeeeew seasons.

    • HarryHype59

      Being the biggest club in the Championship, is on par with winning the tallest dwarf in the village competition.

  • Damon Horner

    Funny situation. He needs this to restore his reputation but if next season is a disaster he is probably finished unless he can recover them again.

    Now, with all those players out of contract and having their loans finished, Defoe’s clause and the fact they have no money to sign players, then to consider the rumoured refusal to play as nevfur has said below then they have a situation with no players, no probability of signing players with quality and the ones you have not really interested in co-operating for you, it has disaster written all over it so in other words he’s bailing out. Sounds great to me.

  • Big Al 1967

    Pardew, McClaren and Kinnear all available for talks!!

  • Whickhamrobbie

    Agent Moyes your job is done next up Carver

    • Leazes Ender

      or Pardew

      • Geordiegiants

        Kinnear seems to like it up here, plus he is a perfect SMB fans type.

  • Porciestreet

    Asatounding…..Just makes Raffa’s decision to stay with us throughout the Championship campaign, all the more remarkable. We may have seen the last of this lot for a long time,……So long as we can stay up that is…………Ha Ha H a..!

  • Terry R Fox

    A good bet on them to go down again next season.

  • Leazes Ender

    They wont be back anytime soon.

    • HarryHype59

      Not with Short as owner. He makes Ashley look like Roman Abramovich.

  • Toon fan

    No money for Moyes. Rat boy is favourite

  • Alreet

    Omg if they get pardspew i will laugh my bollo*s off.

  • Alex

    For those that just hired the plane and banner, it might be worth putting a deposit down now and booking it again for next year.

  • Mal

    Nigel Pearson

    • Alex

      That’ll be pre-season in Bangkok, then. Whe-hey!!!

  • Kev-82

    Moyes will be walking trying to save his career, he’ll know if he screws up in the Championship he’ll have been found out to be the poor manager he is, by walking now people may give him benefit of doubt for relegation having had such a poor team.

  • Kneebotherm8

    They probably couldn’t afford to sack him, so him walking is gonna be a relief for Elliott whatsisname ( sorry Ellis whatsisname).

  • HarryHype59

    Moyes was always the symptom of the problem not the cause! Short is an even worse owner than Ashley.

    • NUFCDan

      Albeit he has put way more of his personal fortune into Sunderland than Ashley. A shame (or not) he’s been taken for a ride and wasted it all.

      • HarryHype59

        What has he done with the TV money?

        • NUFCDan

          There is an excellent article on True Faith about the state of the mackems finance and Eliis Short. Well worth a read.

  • Down Under Mag

    Should have gone months ago, for his sake if not the clubs. They were doomed because of lack of spending as the owner wants to sell and not prepared to invest anything.
    However, this “walking without compensation” is interesting amid reports of a move to China for Moyes…he wasn’t going to get sacked anyway because Short wouldn’t pay the compensation…

  • Rich Lawson

    He basically resigned at the start of the season with the ”relegation” speech. Fair play for walking tho’ No one in the top two divisions will want him now,a place on the Sky couch beckons ?

  • NUFCDan

    Orange sand dancer Phil Brown booking a train from Southend I heard!

  • Whickhamrobbie

    Kevin Phillips in the frame pmsl