Monday, 22 May 2017
David Moyes resigns as Sunderland manager after club’s relegation and without compensation
Sunderland are seeking their eighth manager in six turbulent years after David Moyes concluded a calamitous 10 months on Wearside by resigning on Monday afternoon. The former Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad manager departed after a meeting with Ellis Short, Sunderland’s owner, and Martin Bain, the chief executive, in London. He leaves the relegated club without compensation after presiding over only six Premier League wins all season, falling out with some key players and failing to persuade Short to agree to his proposal of signing virtually an entirely new team this summer.
Sunderland will spend the next few days “taking stock” before attempting to recruit a replacement but their eventual shortlist could well include Slavisa Jokanovic. The Fulham manager’s Craven Cottage contract contains a break clause and he and Bain previously worked well together at Maccabi Tel Aviv. Whoever takes over must cope without Jermain Defoe after Sunderland’s leading scorer opened talks with Bournemouth on Monday. Defoe’s contract contains a clause enabling him to leave the Stadium of Light on a free transfer. Nonetheless Moyes was allowed to spend £30m last summer but his signings failed to impress and, with the team struggling, he privately considered walking out as early as last autumn.