Monday 18 December 2017

Moyes: 'I can handle pressure'

David Moyes
David Moyes

David Moyes has insisted he is big enough to handle the pressure of implementing a long-term plan at Sunderland in the face of yet another battle for Premier League survival.

The 53-year-old has endured an eventful week in the wake of a 2-0 defeat at Stoke which left the Black Cats rooted to the foot of the table, a depressingly familiar situation in recent seasons.

Sources on Wearside have dismissed claims that a Chinese consortium is ready to reinstall Sam Allardyce as manager should it mount a successful takeover bid - it is understood informal exploratory talks foundered some time ago - and Moyes and new chief executive Martin Bain remain firmly focused on their blueprint.

And having experienced the pressure of an all-too-brief reign as Manchester United manager, the Scot is confident he can shoulder the burden.

Ahead of today's clash away to West Ham, he said: "I'm big enough. I've seen it and I know what it's like. I don't like it, but you have got to go with it. That's what you have to do, it's part of the job.

"The plan is to first of all make everybody realise that there is a long-term plan and get away from the thought that it's going to be something other than that."

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