Wednesday 27 March 2019

Moyes likely to leave Sunderland after drawing Short straw

David Moyes is under increasing pressure after Sunderland's dismal season. Photo: PA Wire
David Moyes is under increasing pressure after Sunderland's dismal season. Photo: PA Wire

Colin Young

Sunderland manager David Moyes is on the verge of quitting the club. The former Manchester United boss has lost the Sunderland fans, lost the dressing room and lost hope of rebuilding his relegated squad now after he was warned that he will not receive any of the £45m parachute back-up funds for transfers.

The under-fire Scot has become increasingly disillusioned with life on Wearside and last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Swansea in their final home league game has taken him to breaking point.

Moyes, who relegated the North East club after ten years in the top flight, refused to take part in a lap of appreciation at the Stadium of Light because he feared a backlash from supporters.

Today Sunderland face a daunting trip to champions Chelsea's title party at Stamford Bridge, where they will be without 11 players.

Unrest among the Sunderland faithful has gathered pace throughout the season as Sunderland have failed to beat the drop and Moyes has taken most of the flak, despite failing to get the financial backing from owner Ellis Short.

Only concerns about his compensation package have kept Moyes from quitting now but many staff at the club believe he could be gone by the end of the week.

Short, who is still desperate to sell the club, has so far persuaded Moyes to stay on for next season and he is hoping the close relationship the former Everton and Real Sociedad boss has built with chief executive Martin Bain will reap dividends.

Short has paid off six managers in as many years and is unwilling to fork out more compensation, particularly for the man who took his club down. He is due to meet Moyes for further talks this week as the Black Cats plan for life in the Championship

The Sunderland squad faces a major overhaul this summer and face a major battle to keep keeper Jordan Pickford at the club. Moyes has slapped a £30million fee on the former England under 21 keeper..

Asked if he would walk away if Short didn't give him what he wanted, Moyes said: "No, I want to hear what he is going to say first. There's not just one plan to go back up, there are a couple of different levels of plans. The quick way to do it would be look at Newcastle, but there are other examples.

"Maybe a lot of the parachute money could already be getting used up for other stuff. It might not necessarily be that you've got that to go on recruitment.''

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