Jake asks: ‘can Moyes rely on money being available to do what’s needed?’

The jury is probably still out on both David Moyes and Ellis Short. Sunderland’s recent run has given hope but that hope will disintegrate if we do not continue to pick up points, from the higher-placed clubs as well as fellow-strugglers. This is where Ellis Short comes in: is he simply being canny, letting it be known through his chief executive Martin Bain that no money is available for the transfer window, whereas Moyes actually has at least some room for manoeuvre? Or is he really willing to risk a massive cut in the value of the club he wants to sell, hoping Moyes’s threadbare squad can hack it but ready to let it sink into the Championship if it does not? Alex McMahon offers some thoughts on these issues…

Will Moyes be hamstrung by Ellis Short?

Sunderland have experienced an upturn in fortunes recently, winning four of their last eight league games, but they are still occupy an unwanted spot in the relegation zone.

The football odds on Paddy Power have the club down at 4/6 to be relegated and, although there is plenty more football yet to be played this season, the current signs aren’t exactly massively positive for Sunderland fans.

Sunderland vs Newcastle - Warmup Sunderland vs Newcastle – warmup, (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Ben Andreas Harding

With the January transfer window looming, the question on the lips of Sunderland fans is: will David Moyes be hamstrung by Ellis Short’s desire to sell the club, a desperation that will surely put the brakes on any potential January transfer piggy bank for the manager?

View Aston Villa as a warning sign

Short can’t be accused of long-term neglect after smashing the club’s transfer record to bring in Didier Ibrahim Ndong for £13.6m at the end of the summer transfer window.

That said, the example set by Randy Lerner at Aston Villa should be viewed as a serious warning to Short that trying to sell a club without continuing to fund it adequately in the interim can lead down a rocky road to relegation.

Given that he is trying to sell the club, it’s understandable that funds may not be forthcoming in the short term, but as Moyes has stated recently, he might never have taken the Sunderland managerial role had he known the club was going to be sold imminently.

There are those who might view this as an excuse from a manager who realises he needs to do better in the second half of the season, but just look back at the quotes from Moyes when he took over regarding the guarantees he received about budgets.

Can Moyes use the loan system to his advantage?

Making big money signings might be out of the question, but the current injury crisis at Sunderland (which is likely to be exacerbated by the number of games scheduled for the Christmas period) could encourage Moyes to use the loan system to his advantage by bringing in players who are hungry to impress, especially in light of the fact the funds set aside to pay Yann M’Vila are now freed up since he decided not to rejoin the Black Cats permanently despite initially signing a contract for January.

David Moyes thrilled with early Christmas present

-— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) 17 December 2016

It may well be a sound move from a manager coming under increasing pressure to look for players at top clubs who are not playing regularly but still have the potential to improve his squad by providing experience plus competition for places.

Target-wise, it wouldn’t be a bad move to look at someone like Peter Crouch or even perhaps Bastian Schweinsteiger, both players capable of coming up to the North East to do a job for a club in trouble before considering the proposed location of their final club in the summer to bring an end to their careers.

If Moyes can persuade players of the quality of Crouch and Schweinsteiger to head to Sunderland, he might stand a chance not only of keeping the club in the Premier League, but also of providing the club’s owner with a short-term fix that allows him to sell the club as a Premier League proposition rather than as a cut-price Championship outfit.

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6 Responses to “New Year message to Ellis: please don’t cut David Moyes short” Subscribe

  1. Drummer December 28, 2016 at 10:49 am #

    If our unwanted, record terrible start had continued to today , I would back Short’s descision to keep his wallet shut . Why throw good money after bad ?That hasn’t happened thankfully and the team has shown tenacity and no little skill in getting us back into contention . Moyes must be backed , we have a chance to repeat our annual TV windfall and make ourselves a far more attractive option . It’s illogical not to.

    • William C December 28, 2016 at 11:53 am #

      Spot on. Our problem[s] can all be traced to our dreadful transfer record. Tens of millions wasted on players who have simply not performed, and in addition, have no resale value. A club can only survive for so long with this kind of record.

      We do need reinforcements. But dependable one’s, not expensive misfits.

  2. Phil D December 28, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

    I would be surprised if an experienced manager like David Moyes hadn’t asked about the financial situation with regards to new players before he accepted the job.

    With the Financial Fair Play rules, it is no longer just a case of Ellis Short putting his hand in his pocket. There is a limit to how much he can fork out.

    We still may have to pay for Ricardo Álvarez, which gives Moyes even less room for manoeuvre.

  3. KenG December 28, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

    Haven’t we already got our two allowed loan players? One of Januzaj or Denayer would have to be sent back ( even if possible ) before we could sign anyone else.

    • Robbo December 29, 2016 at 10:09 am #

      You are right about domestic loans, but we can still take overseas players on loan ….the problem is who would want to come given our current and all too situation. I suppose you could argue that if they want to come then they will be up for the fight…let’s hope so.

  4. Neil December 28, 2016 at 6:17 pm #

    £140 million is the of debt of Damocles hanging over our head. It is an irony that if we’d spent the last 10 years in the Championship our debt would be less than it is now. I imagine the agents’ fees alone since 2006 would buy a decent Championship team. I still don’t understand the Maths of it all TBH. Much smaller clubs seem to be in better financial health. Loans are limited so maybe it’s time to bring the young’ns in…..can hardly do much worse than some recent purchases.

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