Sunderland search for new manager after David Moyes steps down
David Moyes parts company with relegated Sunderland, with Nigel Pearson and Roy Keane among early names in the frame
May 23rd, 2017
Sunderland’s 2016/17 campaign was a pretty drab affair that concluded with relegation to the Championship, something that has seen David Moyes walk away from the manager’s position.
Moyes had initially suggested he would be part of future plans as the Wearside club plot to make an immediate return to the Premier League, although the Scot departed after a meeting with club owner Ellis Short.
The search now begins to find an eighth manager in the space of six years, with Nigel Pearson’s name once again being mentioned although the former Leicester boss is regularly linked with any vacant positions and rarely takes them.
Kevin Phillips is a 5/1 chance and the former Sunderland striker is loved at the Stadium of Light after his scoring heroics although the current Derby County coach might not be ready to make the big step up.
Roy Keane would be more viable and the Irishman has previously been in charge at Sunderland, with Aitor Karanka on offer at 10/1 and the Spaniard might consider an immediate return to management after recently leaving Middlesbrough.
A statement from Short read: “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.”