Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Familiarity breeds contempt for Sunderland fans as they turn against Moyes

Familiarity breeds contempt for Sunderland fans as they turn against Moyes

As Sunderland's seventh manager in five years Moyes feels he is paying for predecessors' recruitment mistakes, has been unlucky with injuries and wants time to conduct root and branch reform. However despite the jubilation, there was a sense of too little, too late around the Stadium of Light.

According to a report in the Daily Star, Sunderland boss David Moyes has met with chief executive Martin Bain about transfer targets for next season already. "He hasn't played, and he's going to get fitter, but he's played 90-odd minutes there for the first time in a long time and that's real credit to him".

The home side's performance had been by far their best for some time, and they continued to push forward to try and salvage something to give them a glimmer of hope in their hunt for Premier League survival.

But substitute Borini, who replaced Billy Jones after the right-back was carried off in a neck brace, equalised near the end - and appeared to have a dig at Moyes as he slid on his knees in front of him to celebrate the goal.

But there was no doubting the interpretation of the Italian's post-match comments. Unfortunately, we went a goal down quite early which was poor.

"We have not been at our level and we have not been a united group as previous seasons". That's what has been the problem.

"I had to see it again to see where people were, but we sort of got dragged open a bit there". Moyes was then booed when he emerged from the dug-out and entered the technical area. They now sit at the bottom of the Premier League table with 20 points, 10 away from the safe zone. Which players and managers here are happy?

He maintains that he inherited a poisoned chalice at a club now around £140m in debt which, in recent years, has consistently occupied the Premier League's bottom five positions despite shouldering a top-10 wage bill.

'But we're working as hard as we can to try to get out of it, and looking at the way we performed, that shows how hard we're trying. We are a team. It's important we do that, you see in games, Fellaini was just coming and standing on me, that's what happens.

Has had to wait patiently to remind the Sunderland faithful of what he can do and the fact that he produced a man-of-the-match display having been ignored for so long by Moyes did not go unnoticed by the fans.

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