What the papers say: Talk of dressing room unrest and will David Moyes help find Sunderland successor?

Former Sunderland manager David Moyes

Former Sunderland manager David Moyes

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Sunderland AFC have been in the national spotlight following David Moyes' decision to step down as Black Cats boss.

There have been widespread reports of dressing room unrest plus suggestions Moyes will advise chief executive Martin Bain when it comes to finding a successor.

The pair were both at the League Managers Association awards bash on Monday night just hours after it was announced Moyes had resigned following a meeting with Bain and owner Ellis Short in London on Monday.

Here's what the national papers have had to say about Moyes' departure:

The Daily Star and Daily Mail report Bain will seek advice from Moyes when it comes to appointing his successor.

The Star report: "Moyes was so desperate to end his Black Cats’ hell he walked away without a penny just nine months after succeeding Sam Allardyce.

"But he parted on good terms with owner Ellis Short and managing director Martin Bain, who he accompanied to the LMA dinner last night.

"The pair had wanted him to stay on but reluctantly accepted his resignation three weeks after relegation was confirmed.

"However, they will tap into his own experiences as they search for the club’s eighth boss since 2011."
Moyes and Bain have struck up a close relationship since they both joined the club last summer.

Meanwhile, the Mail added: "David Moyes quit as manager of Sunderland on Monday after taking the club down in his first season and losing the support of his players - but he will still have a say on his replacement.

"Sportsmail understands that chief executive Martin Bain plans to seek Moyes’ advice on the next boss and the pair were at the LMA dinner on Monday night.

"It is Bain who will lead the search for their sixth manager in four years after Moyes informed him and owner Ellis Short of his decision to resign during a meeting in London on Monday morning."
And the Telegraph reflect on rising tensions behind the scenes at Sunderland.

The Telegraph report: "David Moyes’s final weeks as Sunderland manager were scarred by a series of furious clashes with both players and staff as he struggled to control his emotions during a disastrous 10 months on Wearside."

The report also reflected on Moyes' plans to make widespread changes this summer having grown disillusioned with some members of his playing squad.

They added: "In turn, several were disillusioned with him. Sources have indicated the disgruntlement began when Moyes cancelled the players’ Christmas party after a poor start to the season and escalated during the January transfer window when he made it clear he wanted to replace many of them."

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