load_file(“/includes/top.html”);load_file(“/includes/navmenu.html”);HOMESPORTSBottom team Sunderland’s woes not just down to manager David MoyesBy Hilton Yip Source:Global Times Published: 2017/4/17 22:48:40load_file(“/includes/article_shareup.html”);Poor David Moyes just cant seem to get a break. If its not being in charge of a team almost certain to go down or being implicated in controversy over a dubious joke about slapping a female, even Sunderlands 2-2 battling draw against West Ham on Saturday was not an occasion for respite. Instead, Moyes felt the wrath of the Sunderland faithful, many of whom chanted at him to be fired.While Moyes does deserve much of the responsibility for the Black Cats poor season, their likely relegation cannot be blamed solely on him. Given their close escapes in the past few seasons in avoiding relegation, this was a long time coming. And it may not be an unwelcome development because Sunderland have just about been treading water in the Premiership for years.Sunderland need only look at their ­rivals across the Tyne. Having gotten the drop last season, Newcastle tore up the Championship and are almost guaranteed automatic promotion with a top-two finish. Despite the ignominy of being one division below their rivals, Newcastle used the time to regroup. They also kept Rafa Benitez, who deserves much admiration for sticking with the club after they went down. He has done a fine job because while he spent a lot, much of the squad had to be rebuilt, having cast off a lot of the players they went down with. In comparison, Aston Villa, who also went down last season, languish in 12th despite actually spending more than Newcastle.As such, Sunderland should be very cautious about firing Moyes, their sixth manager in four years. The former ­Everton and Manchester United manager may make a useful punching bag, but he has not been given very many resources. Moyes could have been a bit less fatalistic, especially when he voiced relegation fears at the beginning of the season, but more cheerfulness would not have really helped. However, his tactics and team selection have been questioned, though again, a more adventurous playing style would not necessarily be the answer. The performance by Wahbi Khazri, who scored one goal against West Ham, on Saturday led some to wonder just why he had been sidelined by Moyes for much of the season. For this, Moyes does need to answer and perhaps he had his reasons. Given the hints of internal squad dysfunction, it would not be a surprise if there was much more behind the scenes. Whatever the case, Sunderland may try to escape the drop once again, but they need a good, long overhaul, and firing Moyes would not be the magic solution.The author is a Hong Kong-based freelance writer. hcpyip@gmail.comPosted in: SOCCER,EXTRA TIME/* * * CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT BEFORE PASTING INTO YOUR WEBPAGE * * */var disqus_shortname = globaltimes; // required: replace example with your forum shortnamevar disqus_identifier = 1042897;/* * * DONT EDIT BELOW THIS LINE * * */(function () {var dsq = document.createElement(script); dsq.type = text/javascript; dsq.async = true;dsq.src = https:// + disqus_shortname +;(document.getElementsByTagName(head)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(body)[0]).appendChild(dsq);})();Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by comments powered by Disqusload_file(“/includes/channel_right.html”);load_file(“/includes/footer.html”);$(document).ready(function($){$(“#channel-list .row-content”).each(function(){  if($(this).children().length==1){$(this).children().css(width,100%);}

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