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Flashback: David Moyes takes over at Sunderland

Flashback: David Moyes takes over at Sunderland

On July 23rd 2016, Sunderland confirmed the appointment of David Moyes as their new manager. 

The Scotsman headed to the Stadium of Light after being relieved of his duties at Spanish side Real Sociedad eight months earlier, with a point to prove in the Premier League.

Some supporters were pleased with the club’s decision to appoint Moyes, as they took to the confirmation on Twitter to express their delight over the signing.

David Moyes made a name for himself during his time at Goodison Park by ensuring constant progression, as the Toffees managed to make monumental moves in Europe and domestically.

His managerial talents were rewarded on the 9th of May 2013, as Manchester United swooped in to bring the 55-year-old to Old Trafford. He managed to secure the FA Community Shield in his first official match as manager, but it didn’t get any better than that as he was relieved of his duties just under a year later. At the time of his sacking, United were seventh in the Premier League table, 13 points behind fourth place with four matches remaining, meaning that United would fail to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 1995.

Moyes then went on to suffer heavy criticism at his next job at Real Sociedad, which proved to be rather disastrous as he was relieved of his duties after a poor start to the season.

On July 23 2016, Sunderland confirmed the appointment of Moyes as new manager, replacing Sam Allardyce.

Things didn’t get any better for Moyes at the Stadium of Light as the Black Cats failed to avoid relegation to the Championship as they finished rock bottom in the Premier League. Indeed, this was the first time in ten years that Sunderland would taste relegation after a 1–0 loss to Bournemouth, marking the first relegation of Moyes’ career.

Interestingly, after the match, Moyes stated that he would like to remain as manager. However, the Scotsman went on to resign one day after the Premier League season had ended. 

It comes as some surprise that some supporters were delighted to see him take charge at the Stadium of Light as the Black Cats now find themselves in League One. Moyes will go down as one of the worst managers to have ever taken charge at the Stadium of Light, with his poor efforts at Sunderland being unforgivable.

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