‘We want Moyes!’ – Echo poll shows majority of Sunderland fans want David at helm

David Moyes is wanted by Sunderland fans.
David Moyes is wanted by Sunderland fans.
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Black Cats fans want ex-Manchester United chief David Moyes to take the Sunderland hotseat.

Our online poll saw Moyes, now managing Real Sociedad in Spain, installed as the preferred candidate to take over at the Stadium of Light after Dick Advocaat decided against becoming SAFC’s permanent head coach.

The 67-year-old Dutchman told Sunderland chairman Ellis Short that he could not commit to being a full-time club head coach despite keeping the Wearsiders in the Premier League following a successful nine-game spell in charge.

Moyes, who has also managed Everton and Preston North End in his career, took 43.7 per cent of the poll which took place on www.sunderlandecho.com.

Former Cats defender Sam Allardyce, who has left West Ham United after the London club chose not to renew his contract, was in second place with 22.4 per cent.

Real Madrid coach Paul Clement, one of the favourites for the vacant Derby County job, came third with 7.8 per cent of votes.

Sam Allardyce.

Sam Allardyce.

Slaviska Jokanovic, who was just guided Watford to promotion to the Premier League, managed to get 2.8 per cent, while Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka and ex-England manager Steve McClaren both got 2.1 per cent each. Burnley boss Sean Dyche, former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira, ex-West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola and Frenchman Christopher Galtier all managed less than five per cent of votes each.

Opinion was varied among supporters who gave their views via our website, www.sunderlandecho.com

MarkMackem1 said: “Why not Big Sam with SuperKev as his assistant with a view to taking over when Sam leaves. Kev could have a few seasons learning the ropes of being a Premiership manager and bring stability to the club instead of chopping and changing all the time. A long-term plan is the way to go and build a proper club using existing good players, some new quality players and youth players people on here saying Sam is boring but he will give us what we want, Premiership stability.”

PotterPotter added: “I would give Shaun Dyche the job not much money at Burnley could be good choice.”

If Frank de Boer is available he would get my vote, failing that how about Ally McCoist?


hkexile wrote: “I reckon we should go for Frank de Boer, the current Ajax manager. Maybe, Dick can lend a hand in twisting his arm and waxing lyrical about the club.”

Whitesun said: “Considering WH second half this season and where they finished, why on earth would we want Sam. They are looking for improvement with a new manager, so why should we look backwards. Sorry not the man to take us forward the way l would like to see us play.”

billydane wrote: “If Frank de Boer is available he would get my vote, failing that how about Ally McCoist?”

Paul Clement.

Paul Clement.