Swansea City boss Paul Clement insists that David Moyes alone cannot be blamed for Sunderland's relegation this season.
Clement is looking to secure his side's safety after making a big impact following his arrival in January.
He knows Moyes well and backed him to make an impression at Sunderland in the long-term.
He said: "I do know David and I actually spoke to him before his time when he went to Real Sociedad and asked me what Spanish football was like. I spoke very well of it and I was pleased to see him get some experience. He is a good manager. He had a great time at Everton.
"He built something really solid over a number of years. He was LMA Manager of the year a couple of times and then he got that break to manage and go to a massive club [Manchester United]. It did not work out, it was always going to be hard for whoever followed[after Sir Alex], and it was even harder for the person who followed him [Moyes]," he added.
"He's had that experience working abroad and he has gone to another club who have had their own difficulties over a number of years. You cannot just say it his him who is responsible for what has happened [at Sunderland] this year.
"They were in a relegation fight last year and a year before that as well. Maybe it was just a matter of time before that was going to happen but I do think he is a good manager. I like him as a bloke as well, he's a proper football guy and I am sure he is going to be around a lot longer working at a good level."
Former Black Cats sporting director Lee Congerton has meanwhile revealed that he had been interested in hiring Clement himself to take the Sunderland job.
Congerton knew Clement from their time together at Chelsea and had been impressed with his work alongside Carlo Ancelotti.
Congerton, now head of recruitment at Celtic, told BBC Radio Wales: "He'd been working with one of the best coaches in the world for a long time,
"I know Paul had a desire to go on his own and he spoke with the owner at Sunderland and myself, but it wasn't to be.
"Paul stayed where he was and we went in a different direction
"He had a difficult time at Derby and I know that will make him better. Thankfully at last he's got the opportunity in the Premier League."