Sunderland face another summer of transfer uncertainty after David Moyes departure

Sunderland boss David Moyes
Sunderland boss David Moyes
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Sunderland face another summer of transfer uncertainty following David Moyes’ resignation on Monday evening.

The Black Cats boss revealed before the end of season clash with Chelsea that progress had already been made with regards to transfer plans for the summer.

Moyes had made numerous personal scouting missions over the course of the season and had presented Short with plans for what he believed was required to get Sunderland back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.

The Black Cats are also set to release their retained list in the near future, with eight senior players out of contract.

The club are in discussions with many agents of those players with Moyes minded to keep one or two who ‘know the club’ on for next season.

His departure is unlikely to affect those discussions but the new manager will be faced with a decision whether to further pursue deals already lined up. Sunderland will also have to decide whether they are financially viable, facing a delicate balancing act to be competitive next year but also steady a precarious financial ship.

Moyes said last Friday: “We are pretty well down the road.

“We’ve got a lot in place as far as names etc are concerned, conversations with agents etc about some players.

“But we also need to wait for the list to see who is staying here, and also to find out what the budget will be because that will determine whether we are looking at players at this [high] level, or at a different level.”

Sunderland are expected to assess the situation over the coming days before making any move for a prospective new manager.

They will be eager to avoid a repeat of last summer where Moyes took over just weeks before the season began and took a threadbare squad into the opening games of the campaign.

Sunderland will face a gruelling early season schedule in the Championship, playing eight games before the transfer window closes at the end of August.

Around 14 or 15 players are expected to leave the club in the coming weeks and months, with Jermain Defoe likely to be the first to confirm his departure.

West Ham are understood to have cooled on the 34-year-old after a £6 million bid to sign him at January, leaving Bournemouth as the strong front runners to secure his signature.

Moyes was expecting to be working with a base of around 10 ‘core’ players next season, many of whom have made their first team breakthrough this season.

One of the new manager’s most important early tasks will be to decide whether to continue with the transfer template or rip it up and start again.