Sunderland's David Moyes enters into the record books after suffering fifth-worst start in Premier League history

by Jack Kitson / 17 October 2016, 14:46

David Moyes entered the record books for the wrong reasons on Saturday after Sunderland’s winless start to the season under the Scot was prolonged to a whopping eight games.

Sunderland’s poor 2-0 defeat at relegation rivals Stoke means manager Moyes has now overseen the fifth-worst start in history to a Premier League season.

As a result the Black Cats sit bottom of the table with just two points to their name, losing six of their eight matches to date.

Since the former Everton and Man Utd manager returned to the England during the summer his underperforming Sunderland side have lost to Man City, Middlesbrough, Everton, Tottenham, Crystal Palace and Stoke, while Southampton and West Brom are the only team they’ve managed to scrape points off.

On Saturday Moyes takes his side down to the capital where they come up against West Ham, who ended their own rough patch with a win away to Crystal Palace last weekend.

Should Sunderland sink to seventh defeat in nine then Moyes, who is currently the favourite in the Sack Race, will be in real trouble and it would surprise few if he was to become the next top-flight managerial casualty.

One positive for Moyes is that there are four other managers in the history of Premier League who have endured even worse starts after eight games.

Danny Wilson (Sheff Wed 1999/00), Dave Jones (Southampton 1998/99), Paolo Di Canio/Kevin Ball (Sunderland 2013/14), and Alan Ball (Man City 1995/96) all registered just a single point after eight games.

However, Sunderland, who last season were winless in their opening eight games (and survived) are now only the second team in top-flight history - after H S Hamer’s Bury in 1905/06 - to fail to triumph at this stage of the campaign.


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