Sunderland have been the “kings of survival” in recent seasons in the Premier League. David Moyes could be set to join a host of managers in succeeding on keeping the black cats in the Premier League.
The red and whites failed to win any of their first 10 league fixtures this season, as they failed to do in their opening 9 games last season. However, Sam Allardyce formed an outstanding comeback to keep them in the Premier League.
Moyes has an incredible Premier League pedigree, following his successful spell at Goodison Park with Everton. The reputation was ripped to pieces due to his poor spells at Manchester United and Real Sociedad but keeping Sunderland in the Premier League could put him and the black cats on the road to recovery.
They are currently bottom place in the Premier League and two points from safety. The enjoyed a promising 4-0 win at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace, in which Sunderland reignited their hopes of preserving their top flight status.
Jermain Defoe has scored 14 goals this season and is likely to play a starring role in their relegation battle. The former Tottenham Hotspur striker was subject of various bids, most publically from West Ham in January. Moyes did an incredible job to keep him at the club and this could be extremely decisive come May.
Sunderland’s defence has also improved in recent games and this is essential if they are to remain in the Premier League. Lamina Kone and Younes Kaboul formed a solid partnership at the back towards the end of last season. Kaboul joined Watford in the summer and Lamina Kone’s form suffered as a result.
They failed to keep a clean sheet in their opening 11 league games this season but have kept the ball out of the net in 5 Premier League games since. Ricky Sbagria, Steve Bruce, Martin O’Neil, Paolo Di Canio, Gus Poyet, Dick Advocaat and Sam Allardyce have all masterminded their survival ambitions at the Stadium of Light.
Their Scottish manager made some shrewd signings in the January transfer window. He reunited some of his former Everton players by acquiring the services of Darron Gibson, Bryan Oviedo and Joleon Lescott.
Another promising sign is that the summer signings are beginning to adapt to life at the Stadium of Light. A series of impressive performances from Adnan Januzaj, Didier Ndong and Jason Denayer has built momentum.
Sunderland crave consistency and felt they could progress when they sacked Steve Bruce in November 2011. The black cats were flirting with relegation during Bruce’s reign at the club and Martin O’Neil was appointed to improve their league position.
Unfortunately, their decision backfired and they’ve failed to achieve their goal after a series of different managers. Sunderland have failed to build on momentum once they survive relegation from the Premier League.
Various managers have succeeded in staying in the English top flight but are sacked due to poor results in the early stages of the season. This has become a trend at Sunderland, which is why it’s surprising that David Moyes has kept his job.
Sunderland staying in the Premier League could signal the beginning of something rather special. Moyes has experience during his Everton reign of turning them into relegation candidates to top four challengers.
It’s difficult to interpret the potential of Moyes repeating this at Sunderland but consistency is key for the black cats. Surviving relegation once again could be used a platform to build on and ignite a flame for a positive and successful future.