Far from being the man to save Sunderland, David Moyes looks like he’s steering them right into the Championship.
The Premier League side were dealt a huge blow prior to the start of the season when Sam Allardyce, the man that kept them up at the end of last season’s season, departed to take the England job. (In hindsight, that has turned out to be a disaster for everyone involved.)
Moyes side has struggled massively season (which the manager warned them to expect, to be fair) and after years of circling to drain, their ninth consecutive year in the Premier League end in their relegation.
Moreover, as bad as the results have been, the stats behind their miserable season make for grim reading.
- Sunderland currently have two points from nine games – their worst ever start to a Premier League season. To put that into context, in 2002/03 (the season they finished on 19 points), they had eight at this point, while in 2005/06 (when the finished on 15) they had five after nine games.
- In fact, if they lose to Arsenal on Saturday by three goals, they will set a new record for the worst start of any side in Premier League history.
- They are the only club in any of England’s professional leagues (92 teams) yet to win this season.
- Sunderland have scored six goals this season – again, the lowest of any club in any of England’s top four leagues.
- According to Whoscored, only Middlesbrough (9.1), Hull (9) and Burnley (8.7) are taking fewer shots per game than Sunderland (9.6).
- Similarly their average possession rate of (41.7%) is the third-worst in the league, with only Burnley (40.5) and West Brom (40.1) below them.
— FFStatsHQ – StatBot (@FFStatsHQ_Bot) October 28, 2016
Finally, the most damning statistic to date – Sunderland’s last win was May 11th, Newcastle’s was May 15th. Despite being relegated at the end of last season, Newcastle have won a Premier League game more recently than Sunderland.
At the rate he is going now, it would be hard to envisage Moyes still being at the Stadium of Light by the season’s end.