Sunderland would have to search for a new coach following the resignation of manager David Moyes.
After they were relegated from the top flight to the Championship, Moyes decided to throw in the towel.
After the Black Cats lost to Bournemouth in April, their relegation was confirmed. The result of that game ended their decade long stay in the Premier League.
Moyes met with the board of the club at a meeting in London on Monday. There, the former Everton manager told the chairman Ellis Short of his decision to leave the club.
Many expected the manager to go the path of Rafa Benitez in helping the club return to the top flight as soon as possible. Moyes wished the players and his successor well in bringing the club back to the top division.
Sam Allardyce had exited the team last year to manage the Three Lions when Moyes came in. The former Manchester United coach failed to steer the ship well as the team finished bottom of the league.
Short said the exit of Moyes is “difficult” as he had chased his signature for “a considerable period” before his appointment last summer. He added that the Scot was not taking compensation, referring to it as a “testament of his character.” Short added that the management would reflect on their future and then work on recruitment.
Fans had been calling for the head of Moyes for running the club to the ground. Moyes had said it was “too soon” to commit following the relegation but he later hinted at remaining at the club.
Moyes’ resume keeps heading south. After his barren run at Everton for years, the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson failed at Manchester United before he was fired. His time at Spanish side Real Sociedad was terrible before the relegation at Sunderland.
The shining light from Moyes’ teamare young prospect Jordan Pickford and mature striker Jermain Defoe. Both are likely to exit the side this summer in a bid to remain in the top flight.