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Roker Roundup: “I wish I hadn’t said it” - David Moyes opens up on disaster Sunderland spell

David Moyes has spoken candidly about his spell in charge at Sunderland, admitting that things he said during his reign contributed to his downfall as our manager.

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Moyes admits Sunderland error

David Moyes has admitted that he should never have said Sunderland would be in a relegation battle after a day defeat to Middlesbrough in the 2016/17 season.

Speaking after the first home game of the season, a 2-1 defeat to Boro, Moyes was asked whether the team who stayed up in style under Sam Allardyce the previous season - losing only two of the final 14 games - would be in another relegation battle, and he responded with a negative answer that would sum up his time in charge of the club:

Well, they would probably be right because that’s where they’ve been every other year for the last four years, so why would it suddenly change?

I think it will be, I don’t think you can hide the facts, that will be the case, yes. People will be flat because they are hoping that something is going to dramatically change - it can’t dramatically change, it can’t.

Moyes has since gone on to manage West Ham United but appearing in the Beinsports studio yesterday as an analyst for their Leicester City/Newcastle United coverage, the Scot admitted that he should never responded in that way:

Well I wish I hadn’t said it... but I was trying to be as honest as I possibly could be to everybody. To say I don’t see how we are going to get through this season without a struggle.

That didn’t mean we were going to get relegated but it meant that we were going to be in a relegation battle but I regret saying it because it was negative and I wish I hadn’t said that.

I think people nowadays don’t really want that [negativity] and actually being honest is quite often to be disliked.

I think with me being honest, it probably made me disliked.

Robson stars again

Sunderland loanees continue to shine whilst on-loan at Grimsby Town. After Elliot Embleton had a starring role for The Mariners last season, Ethan Robson is proving his worth there this season.

The midfielder scored a great solo effort last week, and after missing out in a Carabao Cup defeat at Chelsea during midweek, Robson returned to the side this weekend and scored two fantastic goals in a 3-1 win at Exeter City.

The midfielder was named man of the match with the Grimsby Telegraph expecting the 22-year-old to go on to achieve great things:

Ethan ROBSON: Simply sublime in the centre of the park. Possesses the touch of a player destined for big things, and both of his goals showed just how much class he has in that left foot 9/10 (STAR MAN)

You can watch Robson’s goals in the highlights below:

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