Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell believes the club have made a brilliant appointment in David Moyes as the Scot replaces new England manager Sam Allardyce, the club’s official website reports.
The Black Cats have been swift in their move for Moyes after losing Allardyce to England, with the former Everton manager signing a four-year contract at the Stadium of Light.
The 53-year-old did a wonderful job at Everton, yet spells at Manchester United and Real Sociedad were disappointing and much shorter than he would have been hoping for.
Nevertheless, Moyes is regarded as a decent manager by Premier League observers and Sunderland midfielder Rodwell is looking forward to working under his guidance again.
“Its brilliant news and we have a great manager at the club,” Rodwell told safc.com.
“I’ve worked with him in the past and he’s going to be great for the club so moving forward it will be a great appointment.”
“He brings passion, desire and work ethic to the club and he expects 100% from all the players, but I’m sure that’s exactly what he will get from the squad.”
Moyes’ last job was in Spain with Real Sociedad, yet he struggled to continue the fine work left by now Nottingham Forest boss Philippe Montanier and was sacked after 42 league matches.
Sunderland narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship last term, and this coming season will be a challenge for Moyes as teams such as Bournemouth, Watford and Middlesbrough have spent big.
The Black Cats will be hopeful of pushing up towards a safe mid-table position this time around, though their lack of transfer activity is a bit of a worry and Moyes will need to address that in the coming weeks.