David Moyes: 'Questions on my future at Sunderland not for now'

In three of the previous four seasons they have finished 16th or below - and the stats for David Moyes' side this season don't read much better... They have just announced they are £110m in debt and Ellis Short has been looking to sell the club for some time.

Moyes took over from Sam Allardyce in the summer, when the later took the England job.

The Republic of Ireland centre-back was brought to the North East from Manchester United in 2011 by Steve Bruce and has gone on to make over 180 appearances, holding the club's Premier League appearances record. Substitute Lys Mousset picked out Ryan Fraser on the right and his cross was steered home by King.

It just seems to have been a 10 year battle against the drop, a constant struggle with the exception of one season when we finished 10th.

Prior to King's victor, the abuse directed at Moyes had not been on the same scale as the chanting that was audible at Middlesbrough on Wednesday.

Criticised by fans for his negative tactics and charged by the Football Association following his crude comments to a television reporter, it would be no surprise if Moyes parts company with Sunderland during the close-season. He was hinting at it during his pre-match press conference on Friday, but remained non-committal in the wake of this afternoon's game.

"I've really enjoyed being here every year", he told the Shields Gazette.

Short and chief executive Martin Bain clearly do not want to change their manager, but their hand could be forced.

He particularly blames Moyes for being lazy in the transfer market.

The result moves Burnley to eight points above the relegation zone and should secure their top-flight status for another season.

For as long as he remains in charge, Sunderland will remain financially reliant on Short.

"I feel for the supporters because they're the people who pay their hard-earned cash to come and watch and we've not given them enough this season", said the former Everton and Man United boss.

"They love a winning team, they'll get 40,000 people there and I don't know where you're going to go from here". "But the focus and the mentality of the players I thought was outstanding".

"We have to put a plan in place and I have to look to see there's a strategy to get us bouncing back up". But there has been other times, like today, when a couple of chances came.

"To think about it and talk about it now is just too quick", Moyes said.

"We're all disappointed and I feel more for the supporters".

He added: "There have been a lot of good managers relegated and I'll use it as something to motivate myself".

King had earlier been denied by the woodwork but Jermain Defoe uncharacteristically passed up a series of inviting opportunities for the home side and sections of the 38,394 crowd at the Stadium of Light once again called for Moyes' head on the final whistle. I am agreeing with them. At least three managers have got them out of it at the end of the season. I thought their fans were great today.

Howe deemed the achievement to be "excellent" considering the "size of the clubs we're (Bournemouth) competing against". "The Premier League is unforgiving".

  • Julie Sanders