Sunderland still want me, says manager David Moyes

Posted May 06, 2017

I know how hard it is to continue to cope with what has been an ongoing problem for many years, where it is always a case of 'Can we survive?'

Pienaar said: "This is my first one [relegation] and it is the hardest thing to take in my career. We weren't there for that, we were there to talk business and none of us were happy because we're disappointed we got relegated".

"We'll have another meeting at the end of the season".

I will know more come the end of the season.

While he has been backed by Short, former Manchester United boss Moyes hinted he wants to hear more about the club's ambitions for next season before committing to the battle to win promotion.

It had been expected that Moyes would leave the Wearside club this week after relegation to the Championship was finally mathematically sealed as a result of Saturday's loss to Bournemouth.

But he said: "When I look back on it I was very honest, forthright, told people what I thought". And I don't want to waste people's money by spending a lot of money on just a back-up.

"When we're secure and safe in the Premier League as hopefully we are, we can talk about all the agents ringing in with their players... and I'll tell you if the agent is telling the truth or not".

Sam Allardyce is interested in bringing Jermain Defoe and Mamadou Sakho to Crystal Palace on permanent deals, but is now focused on the club's relegation battle.

"Ellis and the board want me to stay", Moyes said when asked if there had been a decision on his future on Friday.

Speculation has also been rife about key members of the playing squad.

The midfielder, who worked with Moyes to great effect at Goodison Park during the peak of his career, says players have let the beleaguered boss down but has backed him to come through the current pressure.

Sunderland have debts in excess of £110m, but funds will be raised through the likely sales of Jermain Defoe, Jordan Pickford, Fabio Borini, Lamine Kone among others.