Sunderland relegated from Premier League after a decade

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 30, 2017

Sunderland became the first team to be relegated from the Premier League this season after Joshua King's late goal consigned David Moyes's men to a 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth on Sunday (AEST).

The Black Cats find themselves cut adrift at the bottom of the table, with David Moyes' side trailing 17th placed Hull City by 13 points with four games to play.

Bournemouth scored an 88th minute victor to seal Sunderland's fate, with supporters once again turning on the Scot when the winning goal went in with chants of "We Want Moyesy Out" inside the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland have required miraculous comebacks to preserve their Premier League status in recent years but captain John O'Shea noted that an 11-game wait for their first win left them too much to do from the off.

Sections of the home crowd called for Moyes to be dismissed, but he told the BBC: "I'd like to make sure we get Sunderland back in the Premier League".

Sunderland are a great club with a loyal fan base.

Sunderland owner Ellis Short has admitted mistakes have been made during his tenure after being left angry and disappointed by the club's relegation from the Premier League.

Anthony Joshua Wladimir Klitschko
GETTY Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko go head-to-head at Wembley on Saturday

"I hoped it would never come around at any time but I'm disappointed for the supporters, disappointed that we couldn't give them more", the former Manchester United and Everton manager said.

"He is right in saying that there should be a week or two to calm everything down and think where can we get positive signs, how can we do it as a group, in the correct way, who is involved, and am I still there?" "They come here in their thousands week in, week out". They put their heart and cash into the team and my thoughts are mainly with the supporters.

"We had four or five good opportunities and did a good job", he added.

Criticised by fans for his negative tactics and charged by the Football Association following his crude comments to a television reporter, it would be no surprise if Moyes parts company with Sunderland during the close-season.

"We had nine players injured and another one suspended, and we had to change, and you'd have to say they played as well as they could".

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said: "We're delighted with the result, which is all important at this stage of the season". "The Premier League is unforgiving". No Irish fan will be happy to see Sheasy relegated, and at his age his options may be limited if he's looking to move on, but he may decide to stay and attempt to help the club get back up where they feel they belong.

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