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Post  Hieronymus on 2017-04-29, 7:50 pm

Well it may be Moyes's worst day in football but can honestly say it is not mine. Relegation to the Third Division in 1987 hurt me much more, and the defeat in the famous play off game vs Charlton actually took me weeks to recover from. But I have been expecting this since before Christmas, and by end of January with no new signings, I was certain we would not escape this time.

So 4 games left for the players and manager to salvage some pride, and for Short to decide if Moyes is the right man to move us forward. Whatever is decided I remain a Sunderland supporter and always will, but by God I wish we had an owner, directors, a manager and players who were worthy of our support, because we certainly don't at the present time.

Sunderland relegation ‘my worst day in football’, says David Moyes

• Black Cats relegated after 1-0 home defeat against Bournemouth

• ‘I don’t think today’s the right time to talk about my future’
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David Moyes experienced the “worst day” of his career in football as Sunderland’s 10-year Premier League tenure ended with [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] and the Stadium of Light echoed to chants demanding his dismissal.
Relegation to the Championship was most definitely not what the former Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad manager envisaged when he succeeded Sam Allardyce last July and explains why, on the eve of the match, Moyes revealed he was considering his future. Sunderland’s seventh manager in six years is expected to step down this summer but, before finalising any decision, he will meet Ellis Short, the club’s owner and Martin Bain, the chief executive.

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“I don’t think today’s the right time to talk about my future, that’s a conversation for another day I need to wait and gather my thoughts,” said an unusually subdued and quietly spoken Moyes after the final whistle.
“I’ll sit down with Ellis and Martin in the next week or so and speak about it but today I’m more concerned about the people who follow the club. My emotions are with the people in this area, they’re the ones I feel for.”
The Scot – a candidate to succeed Gordon Strachan as his country’s coach this summer – readily agreed that relegation represented a personal nadir before apologising to [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] fans. “It’s my worst day in football, definitely the worst day, but my thoughts are with the supporters,” he said. “I’m just sorry we weren’t able to do a better job. I don’t think this is the time to offer them a reason why but they come here in their thousands week in week out and travel the country in their thousands as well. I’m so disappointed we couldn’t give them more. I know that cash isn’t always easy to come by in this part of the country, so I appreciate every penny they put into the club by watching the team. I hoped relegation would never come.”
Although shouldering a degree of responsibility, Moyes emphasised that he viewed this season as a collective failure at a club that have flirted with the Championship for the past five seasons and are £110m in debt, up for sale and carry one of the Premier League’s top-10 wage bills. With scores of staff about to be made redundant and nine senior players out of contract next month the future could scarcely be more uncertain. “There’s no criticism of the players, of their effort or commitment, they played as well as they could,” said a manager disappointed by the degree of transfer market backing he received from Short. “But I’m experienced, I know what a Premier League squad looks like and I’ve felt right from the start we’ve been a little short of the quality we need.
“The problem’s been a collective thing from top to bottom here, I don’t think it’s down to any one person. It’s been a long hard season of not winning games and that drags everyone down. You don’t feel good about it but we’ll regroup, take a bit of time and see what to do.”
In a statement, Short apologised and admitted mistakes: “Like any supporter my initial reaction if one of sadness, disappointment, anger and frustration,” he said. “It’s hard for everyone to take. It’s an especially cruel blow for our supporters and I am truly sorry we have not been able to retain our top-flight status for them.
“I acknowledge that during my ownership mistakes have been made, particularly in the area of player recruitment and we are paying the price for that now. We need to improve both on and off the field and there is a strong determination to do so.”
Eddie Howe was sympathetic. “David’s an outstanding manager and he will come back from this,” said Bournemouth’s manager, who saw [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]. “It’s sad to see a big club like Sunderland go down but the Premier League is unforgiving, it’s such a good standard this year and small margins decide important things.”
With his side stuck to the bottom and 13 points adrift of 17th-placed Hull, Moyes’s problem is that the gap between Sunderland and much of the division has become embarrassingly wide.

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Post  Nostalgic on 2017-04-29, 8:13 pm

It'll stop hurting soon H when real life takes over.

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Post  cyprussyd on 2017-04-29, 8:17 pm

Must be something wrong with me, no anger, no sadness, no disappointment and enjoyed todays game.

Plenty of graft, not a lot of quality but we have known that for some time.

Annette now has an appointment with a consultant for her breathing problems and the pain clinic to see if we can find a replacement for the morphine she is on.

Football really is just a game.

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Post  Hieronymus on 2017-04-29, 8:31 pm

Maybe misread my post? The title of the post is what david Moyes is quoted as saying.

I am one who has always understood football is a diversion, a game, supposedly entertainment and not real life!

But I am hurt on behalf of the poor staff who are losing their jobs due to this relegation and annoyed that ater spending £35m this year that was still not enough for us to do better.

Just watching BT Sport pundits summarising why we have been relegated and they are spot on.
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Post  talcnturnip on 2017-04-29, 8:38 pm

£35mil was nowhere near enough H hence our relegation, recall on the old 606 site saying we needed to spend approx £50 mil to avoid relegation and maybe get comfortable mid table that was about 5/6 years ago. Now or more to the point this season it should have been triple that at the very least.

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Post  Hieronymus on 2017-04-29, 9:02 pm

talcnturnip wrote:£35mil was nowhere near enough H hence our relegation, recall on the old 606 site saying we needed to spend approx £50 mil to avoid relegation and maybe get comfortable mid table that was about 5/6 years ago. Now or more to the point this season it should have been triple that at the very least.
I agree, but £35m is what Bournemouth spent too and yet they are in 10th place and safe and on average attendances of around 11,000. So what is the difference between our two clubs?
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Post  cyprussyd on 2017-04-29, 9:06 pm

Hieronymus wrote:
talcnturnip wrote:£35mil was nowhere near enough H hence our relegation, recall on the old 606 site saying we needed to spend approx £50 mil to avoid relegation and maybe get comfortable mid table that was about 5/6 years ago. Now or more to the point this season it should have been triple that at the very least.
I agree, but £35m is what Bournemouth spent too and yet they are in 10th place and safe and on average attendances of around 11,000. So what is the difference between our two clubs?
They didnt appoint Da Fanti

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Post  talcnturnip on 2017-04-29, 10:11 pm

They have a decent owner and manager H, and the players wanted it more. We brought in the same old dross we have done for the last 5 years. Loaners crocks and over the hill players.
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Post  oldblackcat on 2017-04-30, 8:46 am

Hieronymus wrote:
talcnturnip wrote:£35mil was nowhere near enough H hence our relegation, recall on the old 606 site saying we needed to spend approx £50 mil to avoid relegation and maybe get comfortable mid table that was about 5/6 years ago. Now or more to the point this season it should have been triple that at the very least.
I agree, but £35m is what Bournemouth spent too and yet they are in 10th place and safe and on average attendances of around 11,000. So what is the difference between our two clubs?
No superstar players.....low (for the premier) wages....young ambitious coach and players that believe in him....not as much debt......
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