This never, ever ends well.
Sunderland manager David Moyes has hit out at the club for misleading him on available January cash and the current sale of the club.
According to Moyes, there is no money for the club to spend in January as they look to avoid relegation. “I did not know the club could be going up for sale,” Moyes told the media ahead of Sunderland’s match with Watford on Saturday. “I was not made aware of that before. I didn’t see us having no money [in January]. Even in the summer I knew what we were spending was small in comparison — and I said that to the owner. But I hoped it would be a short period [in the summer] and we would then have the next period to get things done. That has shown itself not to be the case.”
Sunderland currently sits bottom of the Premier League, a point back of both Swansea City and Hull City. They had a fair amount of money to spend in the summer, purchasing Didier Ndong from FC Lorient as well as Papy Djilobodji from Chelsea and Paddy McNair from Manchester United.
Moyes signed on with Sunderland this summer after being let go by Real Sociedad the year before, but he says knowing what he knows now, he may not have done so. “Sunderland always had an appeal to me, but if I had known about the situation I would have needed to look at it in a different way.”
‘I’m disappointed that I will not be able to do some work in January and try and build on what we’ve done.’
Moyes says that as things stand, he will stay on and do his job, but the thought of leaving has crossed his mind. “I have not been tempted to walk because I saw some steel from the players and a belief in what they are doing. So I have thought to myself, “I came here to do a job and the first job is to keep us up”. Other managers have done it and I have to as well — but my task might be slightly harder. After that I always said the bigger job was to build the club up.”
Managers who come into conflict with their club over transfer funds and other financial matters often end up parting ways. Mark Hughes suddenly departed Fulham in the summer of 2011, claiming the club’s “ambition” did not match his.