David Moyes to take his Sunderland squad to visit Nissan plant

David Moyes will take his Sunderland squad on a visit to Nissan next week as part of plans to engage more with the community.

Saturday, 29th October 2016, 8:11 am
Updated Monday, 31st October 2016, 8:45 am
David Moyes, Sunderland manager

Sunderland may be struggling on the pitch with the team without a Premier League win all season but the City was given a major boost this week when Japanese car giant Nissan announced that its Sunderland plant is to make two new models - a third version of the best-selling Qashqai and, for the first time, the 4x4 X-Trail.

The announcement secures the future of the plant for up to ten years - with Nissan’s presence in the North East said to be worth an estimated £2.8billion a year to the region’s economy.

Around 7,000 people work at the factory itself, while the local supply chain employs around three times as many.

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With thousands of Sunderland fans amongst the workforce, Moyes and chief executive Martin Bain have decided to take the squad on a visit.

Moyes said: "We’re all going to the Nissan factory next week, all the players are going.

"We are trying to get closer to the community, we need them.

"We know a lot of the people in this region are factory workers.

"We are trying to get a bit closer, get back to engaging with the people in the villages and so on. I know Martin is desperate to do that."