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Joshua King’s late winner for Bournemouth relegated Sunderland from the Premier League, leaving manager David Moyes unsure of his future.
David Moyes conceded Sunderland’s relegation from the Premier League, confirmed by a 1-0 defeat by Bournemouth on Saturday, represented his “worst day in football” but avoided questions about his future.
Joshua King’s 88th-minute goal secured a 1-0 win for Bournemouth at the Stadium of Light, ending Sunderland’s 10-year stay in the top-flight in the process.
Moyes refused to apportion blame for the club’s drop into the Championship and the disappointed Scot said it was too soon to decide if he would stay in charge for next season.
“To think about it and talk about it now is just too quick,” Moyes said. “They’re questions for a week or two down the line – I’m not sure it’s for now. I’d like to make sure we get Sunderland back in the Premier League.
“I’m really disappointed. This is my worst day in football. I feel for the supporters. They put their heart and cash into the team and my thoughts are mainly with them.
“It’s a collective thing from top to bottom – it’s wrong to blame any individual. Clubs are much stronger than any one individual.
“I know what a Premier League team looks like, a Premier League squad looks like, and we have looked short of that bit of quality.”
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.
“We have come back a few times with some great fightbacks but weren’t able to do it this season,” the Republic of Ireland international said. “We are obviously distraught and it’s not a nice feeling.
“The league table never lies. Performances and results are the obvious thing that have brought us down. We haven’t kept enough clean sheets as a team and needed another miracle run to save us but haven’t been able to do it this season.”