It’s fair to say David Moyes did not leap from a sinking Sunderland ship with many goodwill messages from the club’s beleaguered fanbase.
The story of how Moyes dragged the Black Cats into the Championship is well known by now – but it’s worth remembering the key details.
Almost immediately after arriving, the sour-faced Scot declared that Sunderland were mired in a relegation fight despite a fantastic second half of the previous season under Sam Allardyce which suggested that more than survival was possible.
By the end of the season, Sunderland’s decade-long stay in the Premier League was over. They finished bottom, 16 points adrift of safety, and Moyes’ managerial reputation was justifiably in tatters.
Though Moyes, a man who still believes he was harshly sacked at Manchester United, appears certain that outside factors, possibly a lack of funds or a poor squad, was the main reason for Sunderland’s relegation – rather than his own decisions and sub-par tactics.
“I didn’t do enough due diligence before taking the Sunderland job,” Moyes, who was stunningly appointed by West Ham on Monday, said in quotes reported by The Chronicle. “I made a poor choice in the club I chose.”
Sunderland fans too would probably have wished that Moyes, in the summer of 2016, had turned down the offer to take over on Wearside.
Moyes on #SAFC: "I didn't do enough due diligence. I came back and made a poor choice in the club I chose."— Michael Potts (@MJPotts17) November 8, 2017
This was the squad he inherited. That's the form they were in. David, you're not the victim here mate. pic.twitter.com/mUjPrGDN4b
Moyes needs to pipe down and keep his trap shut. He was insulting enough when he was our manager but for him to keep whinging on about it now is ridiculous. Left every club he’s worked at worse off, enough said.— Lisa Marie Button (@cotton_critter) November 8, 2017
yeah didn't check if he could find his arse from his elbow before he took the job!— Monsieur Moustachio (@chapman_paul) November 8, 2017
Think thats a shocking statement to make. It was down to him to keep them up which he didnt which is damning indictment on him no-one else— blue is the colour (@DJC1953) November 8, 2017
We hadn’t lost a game since February, confidence was high, Sam had us flying. Within two games he declares relegation fight. He’s a lunatic— Steve N. (@TheMightyNews) November 8, 2017