Ex-Man United boss David Moyes has resigned as manager of Sunderland after just one season in charge, following the Black Cats relegation to the Championship.
Moyes took charge at the Stadium of Light last summer after Sam Allardyce left Sunderland for the England manager’s job, as the Scotsman looked to revive his career after disastrous spells in charge of Real Sociedad and Man United.
However, the former Everton boss failed to secure Sunderland’s safety in the top-flight, as the Black Cats were relegated after a ten-year stay in the Premier League with just six wins in 38 games this season.
In a statement on the club’s website, Moyes wished the fans and the players well in the Championship next season and hopes to see them make an immediate return to the top flight.
““I wish the players and my successor well in their efforts towards promotion back to the Premier League,” said the 54-year-old.
“I would like to thank Ellis Short and the Board for giving me the opportunity to manage Sunderland and the fans for always being so passionately supportive of their club.”
After a successful 11 stint as Everton manager from 2012 to 2013, Moyes became Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Man United in the summer of 2013 signing a six-year contract at Old Trafford.
However, the Scotsman’s stint lasted just ten months as he was sacked in April 2014 with the Red Devils finishing the season in seventh place, their worst ever Premier League finish.
Moyes look to revitalise his career in Spain when he joined Real Socidead in November 2014 but after a poor start to the 2015/16 season, Moyes was sacked after a year in charge of the La Liga outfit.
Chairman Ellis Short admitted it was a difficult decision to depart with Moyes and wished the former Man United manager well in his future endeavours, as the club prepares for life back in the second tier.
“We wish David well in the future,” said the Black Cats chairman.
“Having worked tirelessly throughout the campaign to avoid relegation from the Premier League, David has chosen to leave the club without compensation, which is testament to his character.
“In the days ahead we will take some time for reflection, and then focus on recruitment and pre-season as we prepare for our Championship campaign.”
Sunderland will now begin their search for a new manager, with former Black Cats striker Kevin Phillips, ex-Leicester boss Nigel Pearson and former Middlesbrough Aitor Karanka the early frontrunners to take the reins at the Stadium of Light.
David Moyes was not a popular decision among the Sunderland fans from the start, so it comes to no surprise that he leaves the club following their relegation.
I must admit though I am surprised he lasted this long. However, I don’t think this squad was strong enough to survive in the Premier League this season, no matter who the manager was.
It is hard to see where Moyes goes from here and it could very well be the last time we see him in football management. What club would want him after three disastrous spells in his three last clubs? Maybe he will go to China.
As for Sunderland, there will also be a few players also heading out the door as well over the summer, as they prepare for life in the Championship. Despite this, I expect to see Sunderland among the promotion contenders next year.