David Moyes has suggested that he would not have taken the Sunderland job if he’d known things would be this bad.
The former Manchester United and Everton manager took over from Sam Allardyce last summer, but he has not been able to build on his predecessor’s form and the Black Cats find themselves rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
Despite the club’s precarious position, Moyes has been told that there will be only limited funds to spend in January. Allardyce was able to save the club from relegation last year partly because of January signings Jan Kirchhoff, Wahbi Khazri and Lamine Koné, but the new boss will not get the chance to repeat the trick – and he has admitted that all of this has left him questioning why he took the job in the first place.
In quotes carried by multiple publications, Moyes has also suggested that he was misled regarding Sunderland owner Ellis Short’s plans to sell the club:
“It’s a bigger challenge than I thought because of the situation the club are in and the situation I’ve been put in.
“It’s a bigger job than I expected. I didn’t know the club could be going up for sale. I wasn’t made aware of it before.
“That would probably be what I’d say is the difficulty. I knew what we were spending in the summer was small in comparison to other clubs – and I said that to the owner but I didn’t see us having no money now. I hoped we’d get things done in January but that has shown itself not to be the case.
“Managing Sunderland always had an appeal to me but, if I’d known about the financial situation, I’d have needed to look at it in a different way.
“I’d have had to have thought a lot more about taking the job. I didn’t see us having no money in January. I’m disappointed I won’t be able to do some work in January and build on what we’ve done so far.”
Said poor form saw Moyes oversee the worst opening ten games of any side in Premier League history – and though their results have improved slightly since, they still face the prospect of being bottom at Christmas unless they can get a result against Watford on Saturday.
However, Moyes has insisted that he won’t walk away from the situation – he is determined to make the best of what he has and turn Sunderland’s fortunes around.
“I’m going to move on. I’ve dealt with it in my head and we’re getting on with it.
“There’s frustration and disappointment but I’m going to stand up, stick my chest out and get on with it. I’m going to fight and I expect everyone else at the club to do the same.”