David Moyes: Sunderland catalogue of controversy

Wahbi Khazri: Rarely used by David Moyes. Picture by FRANK REID.

Wahbi Khazri: Rarely used by David Moyes. Picture by FRANK REID.

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David Moyes's brief spell as Sunderland manager was nothing if not eventful as luck and good judgement eluded him in equal measure.

David Moyes's brief spell as Sunderland manager was nothing if not eventful as luck and good judgement eluded him in equal measure.

Here, Press Association Sport's Damian Spellman takes a look at the controversies which haunted Moyes during his 10 months on Wearside.

TOO HONEST FOR HIS OWN GOOD?
The Premier League season was just two games old when Moyes admitted the club was in a relegation fight following a 2-1 home defeat by derby rivals Middlesbrough.

He was not wrong, but he perhaps should have kept it to himself at that stage.

NEW YORK BLUES
Moyes hoped a mid-season trip to New York might help to bond his squad together for the tests which lay ahead.

However, the break proved a public relations disaster as angry fans viewed it as a reward for failure which ultimately made little tangible difference to a squad lacking the required quality to survive in the top flight.

TRANSFER TROUBLES
The manager let it be known within months of his arrival that the job he had been sold was not the one into which he had walked with the club's parlous financial situation precluding the kind of investment for which he had hoped.

He spent heavily on Papy Djilobodji, Didier Ndong, Paddy McNair and Donald Love, but was then reduced to raking around the bargain basement for the likes of Victor Anichebe and Steven Pienaar, and even the proceeds of Patrick van Aanholt's big-money January move to Crystal Palace saw only Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson added to the mix.

WAHBI WOES
Sam Allardyce's remarkable revival last season was based in part on the return he got from his January swoops for Lamine Kone, Jan Kirchhoff and Wahbi Khazri.

Kone's head was turned by Everton's efforts to prise him away from Wearside and Kirchhoff spent more time in the treatment room than on the pitch.

But Moyes' aversion to the talented Khazri mystified supporters as one of the club's most naturally gifted players was left to play a peripheral role.

SLAPGATE
Moyes is a manager who is not afraid to make his feelings known.

More than one reporter has been fixed in his steely Glaswegian stare after asking a question he did not like.

But the 54-year-old crossed the line when he suggested BBC Newcastle and Radio Five Live reporter Vicki Sparks might "get a slap" after he objected to her line of enquiry, landing himself a Football Association charge in the process.

CASUALTY CHAOS
Whatever else he could be blamed for, the manager could do little about the constant stream of injuries, many of them serious, which depleted his squad throughout the campaign.

McNair, Kirchhoff, Lee Cattermole and Duncan Watmore were long-term victims, while Vito Mannone, Fabio Borini and Anichebe also sat out extended periods of a season which was summed up when Kone damaged young midfielder George Honeyman's back by falling on top of him in training.

TERRY TORMENT
Sunderland's commendable fans travelled in their numbers, as they always do, to Sunday's Premier League finale at Chelsea hoping to see their side at least restore a little pride.

But they were astonished - and in may cases appalled - at the sight of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford deliberately kicking the ball into touch after the Black Cats had, Moyes later revealed, agreed to play their part in John Terry's 26th-minute send-off.