Moyes: This is how Sunderland remind me of Everton
By Harvey Byrne
David Moyes has compared his new job at Sunderland to the one he took on when he became the Everton manager.
The 53-year-old manager spent 11 years in charge of the Goodison Park club between the years of 2002 and 2013 before he departed for Manchester United, and the Scottish manager wants to replicate his success at his new club.
The experienced boss took charge at the Stadium of Light on the 23rd of July after Sam Allardyce had left the club for the England job and Moyes has compared his current role to that of the one he took on in Merseyside.
“This reminds me a little bit of Everton when I took over. Everton had been in the bottom six, I think, four out of the five years before I came in,” said Moyes in a press conference on Monday, as quoted by The Mirror.
“In my last eight years I never finished outside the top eight. Hopefully we can do a bit of an Everton.
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“I am confident because if you look at the transfers we had at Everton I think we had the best transfer record of any club anywhere in the Premier League.
“I hope to somehow replicate that in my time at Sunderland. Can I do that right away? No.
“What we want to try and do is get the right players at the right price, like we did in the early days (at Everton). Players who we think can go the journey with us.”
Since leaving Everton Moyes has struggled. At Old Trafford he failed to complete a full season in charge of the Red Devils after is was confirmed that they would not qualify for the Champions League.
The experienced manager subsequently had a stint in Spain with Real Sociedad, but he again failed to complete a year at the club and left with a less than impressive 28.57% win percentage from his 42 matches in charge of the club.
However, Moyes is looking to bring his reputation back up to what it was after leaving Everton and the Black Cats could be an ideal place to be with little expectation at the club.