It’s generally acknowledged that David Moyes has done a fantastic job at Everton, with Sunderland manager Roy Keane amongst his biggest admirers. The Scot has demonstrated that a team can rise up the Premier League year-on-year without splurging millions of pounds on transfer signings, a blueprint that Sporting Life reports the Black Cats boss is keen to follow.
“David Moyes gives us all a bit of hope in terms of the way he’s built that squad,” Keane said.
“You look at them maybe two or three years ago. I think they were very much in a relegation dogfight one season.
“But he’s built over the last year or two with really good signings.
“I watched them last week against Portsmouth and, on top of the quality they’ve got, I think they work as hard as any team in the Premier League.
“When you’ve got that formula, trust me, you’ve got a hell of a chance of being a successful team.”
Sunderland are getting increasingly closer to staying in the Premier League by the end of the season, so they’ll be looking to use this as a platform next term, especially with three newly-promoted clubs entering the top flight. They certainly have the attendances at the Stadium of Light to make a real difference.