It’s fair to say that David Moyes’ return to English football with Sunderland has gone horribly wrong.
Having replaced Sam Allardyce in the summer, Moyes has overseen what has officially become the worst start of any side in Premier League history, earning just two points from the opening ten games and looking destined for relegation to the Championship after years of circling the drain.
Where Saturday’s encounter with Arsenal briefly promised a morale-boosting point, it ended in a crushing 4-1 defeat that left the club rooted firmly to the bottom of the table.
Reports are already beginning to suggest that Moyes could be destined for an early exit at the Stadium of Light, with the Mirror implying that a negative result against Bournemouth at the weekend could seal his fate.
Moyes will have to watch that game from the stands as he is to serve a one-match ban for misconduct, which could grant him a stay of execution.
However, Sunderland chairman Ellis Short could well decide to cut his losses during the international break to minimise squad disruption ahead of the side’s next Premier League match against Hull on November 19th.
The report goes on to suggest that Moyes was not impressed with some of the players he inherited from Allardyce, while his own signings (including Paddy McNair and Donald Love from Man United and £8m defender Papy Djilobodji from Chelsea) have been largely underwhelming.
Lamine Koné, who handed in a transfer request in the summer to try and force through a £18m move to Everton, has looked a shadow of the player he was last season, while Jermain Defoe has looked like the only player capable of scoring.
Moyes is of the opinion that some of his players simply don’t want to be at Sunderland, when it could well be a case of him losing the dressing room.
Even if he keeps his job beyond this weekend, it’s hard to see him lasting long at the club if they do not claim at least three points from the matches against Bournemouth and Hull – as Sunderland’s next fixture after that is a trip to Liverpool.