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29th Apr 2017

Sunderland fans turn on David Moyes as relegation is confirmed

Will Moyes stick around?

Robert Redmond

Sunderland have been relegated from the Premier League.

The Black Cats’ fate was confirmed with a 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon.

Joshua King scored the only goal of the game, which leaves Sunderland 13 points from safety with four games to play.

However, while relegation was finally confirmed on Saturday, it had been coming for a while. The club, which has been in the top flight since 2007, narrowly avoided the drop on several occasions in recent seasons.

And David Moyes made it clear from his first day as manager that he expected them to be in a relegation battle this season.

It would prove to be one of the only things Moyes got right at Sunderland.


The former Manchester United manager has overseen just five wins all season, and just one win since Christmas.

This time four years ago, Moyes was about to succeed Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. Now he’s probably just hoping to be around for the trip to Burton Albion next season.

The problems at the club are by no means solely down to Moyes, and many predate his arrival last summer. However, there’s no denying the Scot has failed to galvanise his players or convince the fans he’s the right man for the job.

Many Sunderland fans turned on Moyes following Saturday’s game, and seemingly don’t trust him to guide the club back into the Premier League.