Moyes confirms he will stay on as Sunderland manager

Sunderland's Michael Ledger

But the Scot held talks with the club's owner Ellis Short and chief executive Martin Bain this week and he has been giving their backing to continue. Instead, he appeared to suggest further discussions at the end of the campaign would be about assessing the blueprint and budget for next year's assault on the Championship, and whether they matched his expectations.

Today David Moyes confirmed what has been widely known for a number of months; that Jermain Defoe has a clause in his contract that makes his departure inevitable this summer.

"One thing we've got now is time, but we can't waste that, we need to bounce back quickly and look to improve the club as a whole". Hopefully we can get that going.

"We'll have another meeting at the end of the season". It's been a dark few weeks, we've let the manager down, he's getting all of the blame for it.

The former Manchester United and Real Sociedad boss is looking to guide the Black Cats straight back to the Premier League.

Sam Allardyce has confirmed his interest in signing Jermain Defoe but insists he is not working on potential transfer targets until Crystal Palace's Premier League status is secure.




The 35-year-old already flirted with a return to South Africa ahead in 2016 but opted to join Premier League side, Sunderland.

Moyes said he expected the club to be in a relegation fight shortly after being appointed, which led to criticism, but had no regrets about speaking his mind.

I think if you talked about the club and not about David Moyes then right from the start we did say there is a rebuilding job to be done.

"You want managers to tell the truth and I do".

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.

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

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