David Moyes has told the Guardian that he would be satisfied if Sunderland finished in 17th place next season.
Sunderland have narrowly avoided relegation for most of their recent seasons, and Moyes has already stated that he is aiming to turn the Black Cats into a top 10 side.
However, for his first campaign in charge, Moyes admits he would be willing to escape the drop in anyway possible.
“Yes, I think I’d take it,” Moyes said, when asked whether he’d be happy with fourth bottom. “I’d take it if I felt I’d brought players in who would help us progress, give us a backbone.”
Moyes has been handed a tough test at Sunderland, as he has not had an entire pre-season to work with his new squad.
Sunderland were shocked when Sam Allardyce opted to take the England job and Moyes is now racing against the clock.
Sunderland are the only Premier League team who have not made a signing this summer.
Moyes is believed to be eager to bring in new players, but Sunderland have less than two weeks remaining until their first match of the season, which comes against Manchester City.