'Clare Balding would have knocked him out' - Newcastle fans react to staggering Moyes outburst
By Danny Wright
David Moyes has landed himself in hot water with his comments to a reporter, and Newcastle fans have jumped on it on Twitter.
However the majority of the Toon Army appear to be supportive of the Sunderland manager, despite the rivalry between the two north east clubs.
Moyes was caught on camera telling a female journalist that he might slap her.
“You were just getting a wee bit naughty at the end there, so just watch yourself,” Moyes said, as quoted by BBC Sport in their live blog at 12:20.
“You still might get a slap even though you’re a woman. Careful the next time you come in.”
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He was later forced to apologise for his comments which he said he ‘deeply regrets’ and that they happened in the ‘heat of the moment’.
The pressure has been mounting on Moyes in recent weeks as his Sunderland side are currently bottom of the Premier League table.
Further misery was piled on the Wearsiders when Miguel Britos scored the only goal as Watford beat the Black Cats 1-0 on Saturday before Moyes’ comments.
Newcastle fans were quick to take to social media in the wake of the 53-year-old’s comments.
Here is a selection of tweets from the Magpies supporters:
The wife is laughing about it on the video. Total non-story #Moyes
— Michael Hood (@mickthehood) April 3, 2017
Moyes said something clumsy and he immediately apologised. Move on ffs.
— Stuy_O (@Stuy_O) April 3, 2017
— Guy Johnston (@GuyCLJohnston) April 3, 2017
To be fair that Moyes comment was obviously a joke, you can hear both of them quite clearly laughing.
— colin oliver (@100Magpie) April 3, 2017
Moyes in trouble, but if he makes those comments to a man it doesn't even make the news, where is the equality in that?
— MidnightBassMerino (@Geordie_Chef) April 3, 2017
Wish Moyes had tried that with Claire balding ????she would've knocked him clean out ????
— ⚽Swampy⚽NUFC ⚽⬛⬜⬛⬜⬛ (@Swampmonster9) April 3, 2017
— Bryce Moses (@BryceMoses) April 3, 2017
Sunderland are without a win in just under two months and sit eight points clear from safety.
They have lost four of their last five matches which included a defeat at one of Moyes’ former clubs Everton.
The ex-Manchester United boss has taken charge of 38 games for Sunderland since joining in 2016 but has won just seven matches in all competitions, losing 21.
In other Newcastle news, Rafa Benitez has delivered a glowing review of this 27-year-old.