In truth, David Moyes has been his own worst enemy since day one at Sunderland. No wins in eight, millions of pounds wasted on talentless additions, and an aimless style of football that will have even the most ardent supporter longing for the hoof-ball days of Martin O’Neil.
The club couldn’t compete without signings, Moyes cried. So in came Donald Love, Paddy McNair, Steven Pienaar, Javi Manquillo, Victor Anichebe, Adnan Januzaj, Papy Djilobodji and £13.6 million Didier N’Dong (below, BBC), each more disastrous than the last. But it’s never Moysie’s fault, you see.
It wasn’t Moyes’ fault that Christian Benteke was left unmarked to net a last minute winner for Crystal Palace after Sunderland had thrown away a 2-0 lead. The players, his players had to take responsibility, he said.
It also wasn’t Moyes’ fault that he transformed Manchester United from title winners to mid-table also rans in just ten months either. The club should have given him more time, apparently.
As it stands, the prospect of David Moyes lasting the best part of a year at the Stadium of Light appears fanciful at best. The Mirror claim Moyes is safe ‘for now’ despite being comprehensively outplayed by fellow strugglers Stoke in an abject 2-0 loss at the weekend.
Yet, the bookmakers have slashed the odds on the former Everton stalwart being the next manager flung from the proverbial merry-go-round, according to the Chronicle. And, for that, even Moyes can have no excuses.
Lots of in fighting on here today and I can understand both sides, but I dont see anything in Moyes that suggest he can do anything for us— Gary Baker (@GazbSAFC) October 17, 2016
Moyes' mates in the press excusing him failing again and continuing the myth that he did a good job at Everton: pic.twitter.com/gBSu2wiOXk— AC (@TheFatGoth) October 17, 2016
What does annoy me about Moyes is he talks about lack of goal threat and firepower. Yet spends £13m on a midfielder who's the same as rest.— Dan (@DATM91) October 17, 2016
Reading Moyes comments from Saturday again.— Lee Wickham (@LdoubleE_87) October 17, 2016
They're unreal man.
Injurys have hurt squad I give but IMO #safc need to act NOW & get rid of Moyes.Im all 4 giving managers time but he not right fit 4 club— Stephen Elliott (@SleevesElliott) October 15, 2016