Monday 22 January 2018

David Moyes to be named as Sunderland boss as soon as Sam Allaryce exit is confirmed

David Moyes has been named as Sunderland manager
David Moyes has been named as Sunderland manager

Luke Edwards

David Moyes is poised to become Sunderland’s new manager as soon as Sam Allardyce’s appointment with England has been confirmed by the Football Association and compensation has been agreed.

Talks between Moyes and Sunderland should be resolved quickly after Telegraph Sport revealed last week that he was their first choice if Allardyce was lured away by England.

Sunderland sensibly made contingency plans as soon as the FA approached Allardyce and Moyes has made it known he wants the job. Although nothing has been signed, negotiations are expected to conclude swiftly and Sunderland do not plan to interview anyone else. As things stand, Moyes will be installed next week.

Sunderland will hope the 53-year-old can have a similar impact at the Stadium of Light to the one he had at Everton. The clubs are of a similar size, and thanks to the new television deal, have almost identical financial resources.

Moyes has regularly exceeded expectations in a similar sort of job and the Black Cats have made no secret of the fact that would like to emulate Everton’s achievements – consistent top-10 finishes and long domestic cup runs - since they returned to the top flight almost a decade ago.

Moyes has always been viewed as crucial to that success and, after seven managers in just five years, Sunderland owner Ellis Short - who was keen on Moyes when he was still at Real Sociedad before appointing Allardyce last October - craves stability in the dugout.

The American thought he was going to get that with Allardyce, although England’s European Championship catastrophe unleashed forces beyond Sunderland’s control.

Moyes will be warmly welcomed on Wearside as the natural successor to Allardyce. Sunderland supporters are far more ready to remember the excellent work the Scot did during his 12 years at Goodison Park than his short and unsuccessful spells at Manchester United and Real Sociedad.

Crucially, having not managed to sign a player yet this summer, because of the uncertainty surrounding Allardyce, Sunderland will be able to promise Moyes money to spend to strengthen a squad that, once again, only narrowly avoided relegation back in May.

A striker and two full-backs will be the new manager’s priority, although Sunderland are hampered by the fact there are only six weeks left until the close of the transfer window and less than four until the start of the Premier League season.

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