David Moyes controversially warned Sunderland fans that the club is destined for another relegation battle this season, but claims his comments were “realistic”.
Fans were understandably angry at such a statement; no manager should demonstrate such negativity behind his own players – but quite frankly, you can see why he said it.
The Mackems have already lost their two opening games in the new Premier League campaign, and after struggling to survive in top-flight football for four seasons, it seems the Scottish chief can see a pattern of uncertainty again this season.
Moyes also boasts an erratic record since his departure from Everton in 2013, and its seems his ego has deteriorated from the moment he was sacked by Manchester United two years ago.
On the contrary, the Sunderland boss is looking to bring in a “few” new players by the end of the transfer window which closes next week. He looks to add to an unimpressive list of signings which includes former Manchester United duo Paddy McNair and Donald Love. Both players have struggled defensively so far, especially Paddy McNair who scored an own-goal within five minutes of playtime for the north-eastern side.
Rubin Kazan midfielder Yann M’Vila, who spent a one-year loan spell at The Stadium of Light, is reported to be linked with a permanent move to the club. Meanwhile, Athletico Madrid defender Javier Manquillo has emerged as new potential target one a season-long loan, according to reports.
The former Preston, Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad manager has had limited time to secure any new deals since he replaced Sam Allardyce at the end of July, but if he doesn’t act efficiently over the next eight days, it looks like Sunderland fans could face yet another season on the edge of their seats.