Friday 19 January 2018 / 02:26 PM


Sunderland drew at the weekend, twice coming from behind to draw with West Ham United.

A decent result, if you’re looking at it in a vacuum, but not good enough if you consider Sunderland’s current league position and precarious situation.

Following the clash with the Hammers, the Black Cats now lie bottom with just 21 points, nine points from safety with only six games to go.

They’re going down.

But these facts haven’t stopped David Moyes from – once again – stating his credentials.

The Scot was subjected to chants and boos at several points during the game, and when questioned about it afterwards, he had this to say:

“I did, aye, but it’s to be expected because me and the team are not doing well just now, so I have to accept it.”

I just remember to myself that I think I have got the third or fourth-best win record in the Premier League.”

Moyes is indeed correct, he does have the fourth-best win record in the Premier League.

But as we all know, you can prove anything with statistics.

The manager does have the fourth-best win record in Premier League, but he’s also fourth when it comes to the number of Premier League losses.

Which again doesn’t prove that Moyes is a bad manager.

It just proves that statistics aren’t worth anything unless they’re put into context.

The reason Moyes has won the fourth most Premier League games is because he is one of the longest serving managers in the Premier League era – he’s currently in his 14th year as a Premier League manager.

That’s a lot of years, and adequately explains why he has both the fourth best win-record and the fourth worst loss-record.

A quick bit of research tells us which managers have managed the most Premier League games.

Can you guess who’s fourth?

Yes, it’s David Moyes, behind Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp.

All of a sudden, that record doesn’t look quite so impressive, Davey.

To be fair to the Sunderland manager, the fact that he has managed so many games in the Premier League is a credit to him, but it certainly doesn’t suggest that he’s one of the division’s most successful managers.

To suggest otherwise would be somewhat dishonest.

And one thing’s for sure, if Moyes is still at Sunderland next season, he won’t be in the Premier League then – the Black Cats will experience their long overdue relegation in the next few weeks.

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