David Moyes needs to act quickly in the transfer market this summer.
New Sunderland manager David Moyes with fans
Though, with a mere 18 days until his first Premier League match as Sunderland boss, the clock is already ticking for Moyes.
Hitting the ground running is a wish of every manager in a new job, but Moyes will find it a tall order if he does not act quickly.
New Sunderland manager David Moyes on the pitch at the end of the match
The FA’s dallying is partly to blame. Allardyce appeared to have brought a feel good factor back to the Stadium of Light, heading the club into the right direction after avoiding relegation.
However, that is all down the pan. It is no surprise Ellis Short displayed decisiveness in his appointment, with it being no secret that the chairman of Sunderland had sounded out the Scot twice last campaign.
The 53-year-old’s stock has fallen dramatically since leaving Everton in 2013. Ruinous spells at Manchester United and Real Sociedad cost Moyes two lifelong aspirations in succeeding at the highest level in England and developing coaching skills abroad.
Real Sociedad coach David Moyes is pictured before their Spanish first division soccer match against Atletico Madrid
Moyes will be hoping a rebuilt reputation can ensue after failing at his last two clubs, and if he can salvage a pre-season which has so far been eclipsed by Allardyce’s departure, it will certainly be a good start.
The situation before arriving meant all transfer activity was on hold. A purposeful dip into the market is crucial, though it is not something Moyes is renowned for — his nickname “Dithering Dave” acquired by the Goodison Park faithful was acquired from that.
Sunderland have paid a heavy price for being unprepared as a campaign gets underway. Only one league game has been won in August and September in the last four seasons.
It doesn’t get much easier either. Up first for Sunderland is the small matter of trying to spoil Pep Guardiola’s first ever Premier League game against Manchester City at the Etihad.
As Moyes took a seat to watch his new side’s friendly with Rotherham United at the New York Stadium just hours after his arrival was confirmed, the strong travelling contingent chanted “David Moyes’s red and white army,” immediately showing their full support.
Moyes will need that backing all the way through a Sunderland season, which will surely not be straightforward, but if he acts quickly in the transfer market, then he will make his life a little easier.