David Moyes slaps himself in the face with off camera commentsby Jack Kitson / 04 April 2017, 10:02Tweet
If struggling Sunderland were after an excuse to sack the under-fire David Moyes then they’ve been served one a hot plate with all the trimmings after damning footage emerged of the Scot threatening to slap BBC reporter Vicki Sparks.
In an off-camera remark after Sunderland’s recent goalless draw with Burnley Moyes told Sparks:
“You’re just getting a wee bit naughty at the end there. So, just watch yourself or you might still get a slap even though you’re a woman.”
To some the comments may appear to be light hearted, with Sparks laughing (albeit nervously), but there was undoubtedly a passive-aggressive tone from Moyes, and unfortunately it doesn’t appear to be in isolation, with ESPN presenter Alison Bender tweeting that it’s not the first off camera remarks the 53-year-old has made towards women.
Moyes has since apologised, but he now appears to be in severe danger of losing his job at Sunderland, dropping to just 1/6 in the Premier League Sack Race on Monday night, while he remains odds-on for the chop this morning (Tuesday) at 1/3.
Twice in the last four years Sunderland have made a change late on in the season: with Paolo Di Canio replacing Martin O’Neill in late March 2013, and Dick Advocaat taking over from Gus Poyet in mid-March 2015 - on both occasions the Black Cats avoided the drop.
Moyes has been under pressure ever since he took charge of Sunderland in July, while a point from his last five games leaves his side eight points adrift of safety with eight games to play.
If Moyes was under immense scrutiny for Sunderland’s shocking form, then the pressure gauge is now shaking uncontrollably following the revelation of that video.
It’s not yet known if Moyes will still be in a job come tonight’s clash away to in-form Leicester City, however should rock-bottom Sunderland suffer their 20th league defeat of the campaign then he could well be toast.
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