Moyes confident of Sunderland backing

Sunderland manager David Moyes remains confident he has the backing of both owner Ellis Short and the club’s fans following reports he faces the sack.

Moyes, who will serve a touchline ban at Bournemouth on Saturday after admitting to a Football Association charge of misconduct, has presided over the worst ever start to a season in the Premier League era.

The Black Cats have yet to register a league win after 10 games under Moyes this season and it was claimed earlier this week by some national newspapers that the 53-year-old will lose his job if they slump to a fifth straight defeat in all competitions at the Vitality Stadium.

Moyes dismissed the speculation and when asked for his reaction said: “I think they were all quashed weren’t they?”

The former Manchester United and Everton manager refused to comment further and was making reference to subsequent claims made by the Sunderland Echo that he was not in imminent danger of losing his job.

Moyes won the League Managers’ Association’s Manager of the Year award three times during his 11-year spell as Everton boss, but was sacked by United after 10 months and by Spanish club Real Sociedad after exactly one year.

Sunderland’s perennial struggles have not been helped by a procession of incoming and outgoing managers at the Stadium of Light and Short will be reluctant to begin the search for his seventh permanent appointment in five years.

Black Cats fans have yet to turn on Moyes, although large numbers left the Stadium of Light early during last week’s 4-1 defeat to Arsenal, and the Scot believes they are prepared to wait.

“I think the supporters have been brilliant,” he said. “Away from home and at home, they come in big numbers.

“That’s why it’s such an attractive football club. It’s attractive because of the people and because of the numbers who come to games.

“It’s attractive because I think they all know as well, they want a period of stability. They want a period of success as well, which unfortunately they’ve not been able to get.

“But I think they’re willing to go through the pain if the thought is that there is a rainbow at the other end. I think they’re willing to go through the pain if they have to.”

Moyes will be without captain John O’Shea at Bournemouth, with the centre-back becoming the latest key player to miss out through injury after being forced off against Arsenal due to a hamstring problem.

Midfielder Sebastian Larsson will not be rushed back after missing out so far this season due to a knee injury, but was scheduled to appear for the under-23s on Friday night, while Lee Cattermole (back) and goalkeeper Vito Mannone (elbow) are making progress.

“Vito’s back in training,” Moyes said.

“Lee Cattermole’s had a day and then dropped out again, but maybe with a bit of luck we might get him back training again next week a nd Jan Kirchhoff is maybe going to do a bit of training next week as well.”

Kirchhoff (hamstring), Manchester City loanee Jason Denayer (adductor) and Fabio Borini (groin) all remain sidelined, but Moyes, whose side have registered only two points in the Premier League, maintained a public show of optimism before the trip to the south coast.

When asked what a win before the international break would do to lift the club, Moyes added: “It would be great if we could.

“So the job’s to go to win, we have to win, we have the attitude to win all the games.

“I’m not saying we haven’t before but we’ll go out there with a positive attitude.

“We’ve got to find a way of getting over the line, of taking points from games and trying to drag out a result if we can, which we weren’t able to do last week.”

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