Sam Allardyce’s appointment as England manager created a position at a Premier League club that only just survived being relegated yet again.
For the forthcoming season, Sunderland fans will be looking for progression and were hoping that Allardyce would be the man to continue what was started.
However, the powers that be at the Stadium of Light have move quickly to secure the services of former Everton and Man United boss David Moyes.
Many may sink lower into their seats at the suggestion after disappointing times at Old Trafford and Real Sociedad in Spain, but Moyes still has a lot to offer and has been here before.
Here are five reasons why Moyes is right for the Black Cats…
When Moyes took charge of The Toffees in March 2002, the club were a bit like Sunderland. Perennial relegation fodder and struggling to survive among the elite.
Everton managed to sustain a good run of form and avoided relegation in 2002, which was a genuine threat when he was originally appointed.
Despite having a history and list of honours only surpassed in English football by Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United the past decade had not been a successful time for the Toffees, with an FA Cup win in 1995 and a sixth-place finish in 1996 being about the only bright spots for the club that side of 1990.
Within two years, David Moyes had taken a struggling side and qualified for Europe. During the 2004–05 season, Everton went on to surpass all expectations by finishing fourth in the league and securing a place in the following season’s UEFA Champions League third qualification round, Moyes again being awarded the LMA Manager of the Year award.
And whilst no one is suggesting that Sunderland will be in European competition soon, Moyes has the experience and know how to take a team from the bottom to a team that can more than hold its own.
The club need a new manager quickly.
In terms of Moyes, there is no other club involvement, so therefore no permission to talk, no compensation fees – just a free agent who could start straight away.
Apparently the chairman holds David Moyes in high regard and for Moyes’ part, this is the sort of opportunity that he has been waiting for.
Through the summer, Moyes has received approaches from other clubs, but the Premier League is where he feels he belongs and he’ll be there like a shot.
Sunderland are a great fit for Moyes. The club needs a re-build and so does his career. After the disappointments of Manchester United and his Spanish expedition, Moyes knows this is a solid base from which to build a decent team and his stature in the game.
To get everything right will be his motivation and to restore his credibility within the game, whilst stabilising a club that looks distinctly like it is floundering each season.
Moyes will do exactly what he did at Everton, with the same blue print. Within a few years, Everton were a stable Premier League club, perennial semi-finalists, qualifying for European competition on occasions and able to keep up with the top teams.
Moyes never had a big budget at Goodison Park and it is much the same on Wearside. What Moyes was able to do on a comparative shoestring to today’s budgetswas nothing short of incredible.
Fans and the board at Sunderland will be looking for more of the same and less of the tempestuous time they’ve had under the past three or four managers, where their Premier League status hung by threads.