Former star Phil Bardsley claims there is “something drastically wrong” at Sunderland.
The ex-Black Cats defender, speaking on today’s Match of the Day Extra, questioned the players, manager and owner in the wake of the side extending their winless run to nine games.
Sunderland are the only team in the Premier League without a victory and were denied a point yesterday at West Ham by Winston Reid’s winner in the fourth minute of added time.
Bardsley believes Sunderland are “flat” but thinks some of the problems stem from the top where the club have been linked with a Far East buy-out.
“I said it last year when they were struggling before big Sam came in,” he said on BBC2.
“There is something drastically wrong behind the scenes, up above, whether the owner wants out or what, something needs to be done.
“I felt David Moyes was a good choice of manager, the experience he has in the Premier League, but it’s just not happened for him.
“We played them last week and it was a very flat performance from them.
“He’s spent some money, he’s brought his own players in, six or seven, you can’t say he hasn’t been given the funds.
“I know they have a few injuries, Cattermole is a big loss, he’s a driving force in their team.
“But, at the end of the day, when players are injured, someone else has to step up to the plate but at the moment it doesn’t look like many are doing it.”
Former Middlesbrough keeper, Mark Schwarzer, was also on the MOTD Extra panel.
“At the moment it looks like they are just tying to get a result,” said the big Aussie. “They are trying to hang on to anything they possibly can.
“It’s really tough when you are down at that end of the table.
“They are only nine games in, but they are playing like there are only five games to go.
“That is when you start asking questions, what is wrong there? Why has it gone so flat?”