Sunderland manager David Moyes has resigned after just ten months at the Stadium of Light following the club’s relegation from the Premier League.
The former Manchester United boss’ departure was announced on Monday afternoon after a meeting in London with Ellis Short, Sunderland’s owner and Martin Bain the chief executive.
The 54-year-old Scot will leave without any compensation following a desperate season for the Black Cats who finished bottom without much of a fight, having won just six games and lost 26, along with six draws, only yielding 24 points.
Sunderland’s relegation to the Championship after 10 years in the top flight was confirmed following a 1-0 home defeat by Bournemouth last month. They had not won at home since before Christmas and last month supporters turned on Moyes, calling for him to go. Check out SBAT’s Trixie betting guide here.
But despite the unrest Moyes who succeeded Sam Allardyce last July said he would not be forced out by the fans.
In a club statement on Monday, Moyes said: ‘I would like to thank Ellis Short and the board for giving me the opportunity to manage Sunderland and the fans for always being so passionately supportive of their club.
‘I wish the players and my successor well in their efforts towards promotion back to the Premier League.’
Speaking about the decision Short said: ‘I pursued the services of David Moyes for a considerable period prior to his appointment last summer, which makes the announcement of his departure difficult for everyone concerned.
‘Having worked tirelessly throughout the campaign to avoid relegation from the Premier League, David has chosen to leave the club without compensation, which is testament to his character.
‘In the days ahead we will take some time for reflection, and then focus on recruitment and pre-season as we prepare for our Championship campaign. We wish David well in the future.’