Category: David Moyes

Sunderland still want me, says manager David Moyes

London (AFP) – David Moyes has revealed Sunderland owner Ellis Short wants him to remain in charge at the Stadium of Light despite his club’s relegation from the Premier League. Moyes criticised Short’s failure to back him in the transfer market in January and it was suggested Sunderland’s slide into the Championship would trigger the Scot’s dismissal. But Moyes, who is also unpopular with Sunderland supporters due to his cautious tactics, has spoken to American businessman Short and Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain and the Black Cats boss insists he has their full support. “Ellis and the board want me ... Read more

Moyes charged over female reporter ‘slap’ comment

London (AFP) – Sunderland manager David Moyes has been charged after suggesting to a female reporter she might “get a slap”, England’s Football Association announced on Wednesday. Moyes, 54, made the remark, for which he has apologised, to BBC reporter Vicki Sparks following Sunderland’s 0-0 draw with Burnley in the Premier League on March 18. “David Moyes has been charged in relation to comments made after the game against Burnley on 18 March 2017,” the FA said in a statement. “It is alleged the Sunderland manager’s remarks were improper and/or threatening and/or brought the game into disrepute.” Moyes, the former ... Read more

Moyes slap remark ‘wholly unacceptable’ but keeps job: Sunderland

Sunderland (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Struggling Sunderland gave manager David Moyes their full backing on Tuesday but called his threat to slap a BBC woman reporter “wholly unacceptable”. The 53-year-old Scot apologised to Vicki Sparks even before the furore over their apparently light-hearted exchange a fortnight ago broke on Monday. Thinking the camera and microphone were off following an interview after a 0-0 draw with Burnley, Moyes ticked Sparks off for asking an awkward question and said: “You still might get a slap even though you’re a woman.”  Both are then seen laughing. However, Sunderland — bottom of the Premier ... Read more

Moyes never thought of resigning over ‘slap’ remark

London (AFP) – Sunderland manager David Moyes said Monday he never once thought of resigning over his “slap” remark to a female reporter and does not believe it will cost him his job. As the Football Association announce it was “seeking observations” from Sunderland regarding the incident, Moyes apologised for comments he made to BBC Radio Five reporter Vicki Sparks after a goalless Premier League draw at home to Burnley on March 18. Moyes, speaking to national newspapers in a pre-match press conference ahead of basement club Sunderland’s trip to champions Leicester City on Tuesday, was asked if he had ... Read more

Sunderland’s Moyes ‘regrets’ slap threat to female reporter

London (AFP) – Sunderland manager David Moyes said Monday he “deeply regrets” threatening to slap a female BBC reporter.  Earlier on Monday, Premier League strugglers Sunderland had issued an apology on behalf of Moyes for the remarks he made to Vicki Sparks after a goalless Premier League draw at home to Burnley on March 18. Moyes, speaking at a press conference on Monday, said: “It was in the heat of the moment. I deeply regret the comments I made. “That’s certainly not the person I am. I’ve accepted the mistake. I spoke to the BBC reporter, who accepted my apology.” ... Read more

Moyes buys familiar faces to boost Sunderland survival bid

London (AFP) – Sunderland manager David Moyes placed his faith in Costa Rican international Bryan Oviedo and Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson in helping the Premier League tailenders escape the drop signing them on Monday from his former club Everton. Oviedo, 26 and who signed a three-and-a-half year contract, will fill the vacuum left by fullback Patrick van Aanholt who signed for fellow strugglers Crystal Palace earlier Monday. Gibson, 29 and who has put pen to paper on an 18 month contract, like Oviedo played under Moyes when he was at Everton before the Scottish manager left for an unhappy sojourn ... Read more

Sunderland’s Moyes slams Jeremain Lens relegation wish

London (AFP) – Sunderland manager David Moyes has accused Jeremain Lens of being “disgracefully disrespectful” after the Netherlands midfielder said it would be good for him if the Premier League strugglers were relegated.  Lens is currently on loan at Turkish club Fenerbahce after being recruited by former Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat, who brought the 29-year-old to the Stadium of Light in July 2015 Advocaat is keen to strike a permanent deal for Lens and Sunderland are prepared to sell the player, who failed to make an impact during his 13 months on Wearside. However, no agreement is in place yet ... Read more

Man United have lost traditions, says Moyes

London (AFP) – Former Manchester United manager David Moyes says the club have abandoned their traditions ahead of his return to Old Trafford with Sunderland on Boxing Day. Moyes, 53, lasted just 10 months as United manager after succeeding his Scottish compatriot Alex Ferguson at the helm in May 2013. His two successors, Louis van Gaal and current manager Jose Mourinho, have invested heavily on new players and Moyes believes the present-day United are a different club to the one he joined. “Manchester United was a club with great traditions that they tended to pick British managers. That tradition has ... Read more