David Moyes’ Sunderland departure shows how out of touch he is

Sean Lunt

David Moyes’ departure from Sunderland came as little surprise given the season the Black Cats have just endured.

Finishing 16 points from safety with just six wins to their name, it’s been a dire campaign. The fact they spent 92.6% of the season in the relegation zone says it all.

Another change in manager was a foregone conclusion and no Sunderland fans will be sorry to see Moyes go. However, there was one surprise in the news.

The Scot’s decision to resign rather than be sacked was unforeseen. Owner Ellis Short has tried to play it off as a noble act but in truth, the resignation shows just how out of touch Moyes is.

He built up his stock well during his time at Everton but that has been eradicated in recent years. Yet, he doesn’t appear to think so, quite the opposite.

It’s evident that Moyes still thinks he’s a top manager, worthy of a Premier League club. In his head, he’s far too big a manager to be competing in the Championship next season.

His resignation shows that as far as he’s concerned, the division is beneath him. He had no intention of going down and competing in the Championship.

“He’ll find it very, very difficult to get a Premier League job but lots of Championship sides will offer him a job – he doesn’t need the money but he’s got the drive and the desire.”

Danny Mill

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His swift exit also shows his unwillingness to adapt. He could have rebuilt Sunderland from the ground up next year, much like he did at Everton. In doing so, his reputation could have enjoyed a similar resurgence.

Rafa Benitez has already undergone the same transformation in the North East. He found himself in a similar situation at the end of last season and could have easily run from Newcastle United.

However, the Spaniard was acutely aware that his reputation had taken something of a battering in recent years and that needed fixing. So he stuck around and his efforts this season have gone a long way to rebuilding his standing in the game.

Not only that, Newcastle are now something resembling a well-run ship under his leadership. If things go well next season, there’s no reason to believe they couldn’t be Premier League regulars from here on out with him at the helm.

Moyes could have done the same with Sunderland but instead, he’s elected to depart at the earliest opportunity.  The club are left looking for their next manager and he is left looking for a Premier League job he is never going to get.

At some point in future, he will claim that a lack of support, and various other problems, were the reason behind his departure. It’s obvious that there’s more to it than that though.

Moyes continues to live in the past, there are several worrying incidents that attest to that this season.

It’s not a stretch of the imagination to think he still believes he’s a Premier League manager. The fact of the matter is, though, he’s far from it.

He’s been nothing short of a failure since leaving Everton. He needs to wake up and smell the coffee to save his ailing career.

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