Relegation finally became a reality for Sunderland and divorce from David Moyes may not be too far behind it.
A combination of Josh King’s late winner and Hull City’s draw at Southampton pushed Sunderland unceremoniously into the Championship, leaving their manager staring blankly into space.
When the final whistle blew, Moyes, who acknowledges he is considering stepping down at the end of the season, stood a little apart from his assistants. As the calls for his head from a previously very quiet crowd gathered intensity and invective, he looked dejected and alone.
After the bleakest and least imaginative of campaigns punctuated by one-dimensional tactics and inadequate recruitment, it was the least the former Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad coach could expect. Yet much as Moyes has failed to impress, many of the club’s manifold problems are rooted in the boardroom where Ellis Short, the owner, should not escape blame.
The Stadium of Light was half-deserted by the time Sunderland’s relegation was confirmed, and you wonder if many of those who had walked out will ever come back if David Moyes stays in charge.
Such was the level of apathy and disinterest that it wasn’t until after Josh King’s late winner that supporters even mustered the anger to turn on their beleaguered boss.
That is what Moyes has done to this club — drained them of energy and enthusiasm. And now, finally, their Premier League status has gone too, a decade after promotion
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