David Moyes warned Sunderland fans to expect another fight for survival in the Premier League this season.
The Black Cats lost both of their first two games 2-1, against Manchester City and Middlesbrough. Newly appointed manager David Moyes has taken a surprisingly negative approach, telling the media he expects a dogfight at the foot-end of the table.
“Well, they would probably be right,” Moyes told the press post game.
“That’s where they’ve been every other year for the last four years, so why would it suddenly change?”
In the last four seasons, Sunderland have escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth. The Black Cats are becoming notorious for their ability to avoid the dreaded red line. Funnily enough, they have done it with five different managers in the last five years.
Steve Bruce, Martin O’Neill, Paolo di Canio, Gus Poyet, Dick Advocaat and Allardyce have all come and gone since 2011.
Moyes is trying to keep his feet on the ground, but is being criticised for his highly negative approach.
“People will be flat because they are hoping that something is going to dramatically change. It can’t dramatically change, it can’t,” said Moyes.
Moyes’ career as Manchester United manager was short-lived, receiving the axe only 10 months into his contract.
His return to England comes after a stint in Spain with Real Sociedad, where he was also sacked for lacking composure under pressure.
Pundits and former players are now suggesting the Moyes may not have what it takes to keep Sunderland afloat for the fifth season in a row.
Former Sunderland defender Gary Bennett believes last nights game is a perfect indication of how their season will pan out under Moyes.
“Sunderland went into pieces in the first half and if that’s a sample of what we are going to put up with, we are going to struggle,” Bennett told BBC Radio.