Beleaguered Sunderland Manager David Moyes to Meet Owner Ellis Short to Discuss His Future

Alex Gidden

​Sunderland manager David Moyes will meet with owner Ellis Short in the coming days to discuss his future following the club's relegation from the Premier League on Saturday. 

​The Sun reports that the Scot is likely to quit his role at the Stadium of Light after just a year in charge, but will first speak with Short and chief executive Martin Bain before a decision is made. 

Speaking in the aftermath of the 1-0 home defeat to Bournemouth that confirmed the Black Cats' relegation from the top flight, Moyes said: “I’m going to sit down with Ellis and Martin over the coming days.

“We have to put a plan in place and I have to look to see there’s a strategy to get us bouncing back up.  That will be the key for me.

“But time doesn’t always give you an opportunity to rebuild because you are judged on results automatically."

Sunderland v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League
Sunderland v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

Key to the discussions will be the strategy that is in place now that the club find themselves in the Championship. 

Seven first-team stars are out of contract this summer and will likely leave, whilst a number of other players will surely be shown the exit as the Black Cats look to lower their budget. 

Though many stars have flattered to deceive this season, top scorer Jermain Defoe is almost certain to join the mass exodus in what will be a tumultuous summer on Wearside, meaning that Sunderland will need to be shrewd in the transfer market if they are to build a squad capable of winning promotion back to the top flight. 

Though Moyes appears unlikely to remain as manager, he has insisted that his first ever relegation as a head coach will not deter him from continuing his career, whether that be with the Black Cats or elsewhere.

He added:  “There have been a lot of good managers relegated and I’ll use it as something to motivate myself.

“But I really hoped that this situation wouldn’t come.”

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