By Hughie Southon
Back in the 2016/17 season when David Moyes replaced Sam Allardyce at Sunderland he was the great hope to ensure that a famous old club would firmly establish itself as a Premier League club.
Sadly, events mirrored what is happening at West Ham five seasons later – a decline of near epic proportions with the club now a mid table Championship club.
For in that terrible season The Black Cats fell to a shocking relegation and have struggled to regain any sort of foothold towards the Premier League since those darkest of days.
Then owner Ellis Stafford took the blame for not sinking money into player investment with Moyes claiming later that he made a huge mistake in taking the job.
The season ended with Sunderland managing 31 points from eight wins and six draws, leaving games lost at a massive 28. He won three games away from home. So far he has managed one this season with us.
Sunderland were confirmed to be relegated to the EFL Championship for the first time in ten years on 29 April 2017, after a 1–0 loss to AFC Bournemouth, marking the first relegation of Moyes’ career. After the match, he stated that he would like to remain as manager. However, on 22 May, one day after the end of the Premier League season, Moyes resigned.
It’s looking almost a case of foread West Ham read Sunderland…Moyes as far as I can see has been totally found out as a manager and things look totally horrendous for us as a result!