David Moyes could finally bring a smile to the faces of the Sunderland fans and get them on side by doing just one thing….quitting.
Moyes has endured a horrific season in every way. Relegated before May, although most knew even before January that his Sunderland side were destined for the Championship.
The Sunderland fans have endured a lot in recent years, and keeping themselves afloat with great escape after great escape. Paolo Di Canio, Gus Poyet, Dick Advocaat and then Sam Allardyce they all managed to keep Sunderland up, but Moyes was unable to repeat the trick.
However, the former Manchester United and Everton boss insists he wants to stay at the Stadium of Light.
Speaking after the home defeat to Bournemouth which sealed their fate, he said: “The job is to make sure we get prepared and ready, but it’s too quick to talk about it.
“I would like to make sure we get Sunderland back in the Premier League.”
But Sunderland’s fans have no reason to want Moyes to stay.
Moyes has looked so despondent all season, how can he inspire them back to the Premier League? Well in short, I don’t think he can and the majority of the Sunderland faithful don’t.
Sunderland have looked, and have been, woeful for much of the season – and that is despite having some excellent individual displays with young keeper Jordan Pickford and the rejuvenated Jermain Defoe both doing their utmost to keep them up.
Despite Moyes’s claims that he wants to stay, he surely has to do the right thing and walk away, he is not wanted and not needed at Sunderland – who really need to rebuild their squad and club.
The squad Moyes would be leaving is a poor one, and you would not find many bookmakers putting them amongst the favourites to go up next term – indeed many Sunderland fans are fearing they could follow previous drops like that seen by Manchester City, Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday – giants of the English game who slipped straight through the Championship before starting their march back towards the top-flight.
Many managers are being linked with Sunderland, but for me the new manager is already in waiting at the Stadium of Light. Black Cats legend Kevin Ball, knows the club like the back of his hand – he is currently professional development coach but I understand he is ready to take on the hot-seat.
Ball perhaps is not the biggest name that Sunderland could attract, but he would bring passion to the club, he would bring pride and most importantly he would give the fans something to cheer about – something Moyes has never and will never be able to do.
Yes owner Ellis Short has to take a huge amount of the blame, but at least he is trying to do what he can by selling the club – Moyes should also do what he can to aid Sunderland’s revival…leave.