Moyes agrees with Shearer's criticisms

Moyes agrees with Shearer's criticisms

David Moyes is a fairly unpopular figure up at the Stadium of Light at the present moment in time, and his latest comments are not likely to go down well with the Sunderland faithful.

- Reuters picLONDON, May 16 ― Sunderland manager David Moyes said yesterday he had no defence to former England striker Alan Shearer's damning criticism of his relegated side after their inept display during a defeat by Swansea.

The 54-year-old Scot has accepted his share of the blame for a relegation which has ended the club's 10-year stay in the Premier League having admitted just two games into the campaign that they were in trouble.

Match of the Day pundit Shearer - the former captain and manager of Sunderland's rivals Newcastle - was scathing as he assessed their performance, describing it as "disgraceful", "pathetic" and "lazy, " and Moyes found it hard to disagree.

He said: "I'd have to say that I think in many ways, he was right".

"It was hard coming in to work on Sunday because we were training, it was hard because I was massively disappointed with the performance on Saturday".

"I don't think any player ever goes out to try to perform like that". What we are privy to and what we are able to see is the physical output and all those things which we can always judge so we are disappointed. I think when we told everybody Adnan Januzaj was coming from Manchester United, I don't think anybody would have said that didn't look like a really good loan signing. It's not been great.

"We made everybody well aware that our squad was short from the start".




On the match, Larsson added: "We reacted very poorly to conceding a goal, again".

"It might be that we have to take the kids with us to Arsenal but that is not a problem".

"I've been really fortunate to see good teams, good players, I know what it looks like".

"While the players are under contract, they're our players, although there'll maybe be some of them that we don't want".

Nevertheless, Moyes does not believe his reputation has been irreparably damaged during his year on Wearside despite the hard spells at Manchester United and Real Sociedad which preceded it.

"We've spoken to everybody at the club who has got a situation where their contracts could be terminating or they could be leaving", he said.

Moyes headed straight for the tunnel after the final whistle rather than head into the centre circle to show his appreciation for the fans after the final home game, knowing he would have come under further fire.

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