David Moyes: We're close to desperation at Sunderland

"There's reasons behind that, whether you'd look at the changes in the summer and the timings, we weren't ready which meant that we were almost a quarter of a season before we started to get things looking even anything like it". I was probably saying it before Christmas time.

The chances of that appear to be remote with Moyes' side having won just one of their last 14 league games, but Anichebe for one is not giving up hope. I have been saying that for the last. "I don't want to really focus on the referee but I think the decisions today had an impact on the game". "We need to give the supporters and everybody that little bit of hope".

"Everyone's expecting us to get nothing, so you go into it trying to enjoy the occasion".

"At this moment in time, results are the main thing, but when you lose a game you've got to look at what you've done well and try and recreate that for 90 minutes, knowing if you do that you will get the win".

He said: "It's been a busy week because of the games. Eventually I lost my love for the game, and went into the dressing-room feeling annoyed every day".

"Nothing would ever get in the way of my preparations as a manager or as a coach".

Moyes has remained in his job as Sunderland boss despite the controversy though and the former Everton and Manchester United manager has now submitted a written observation regarding his comments to Sparks.

He said: "I think Manchester United would be a tough job for whoever is in charge, but in time, they will turn it around and they'll get it back to where it was".

He said, "I did not enjoy David Moyes' training sessions".

That has seen them cut adrift at the bottom but Moyes still believes the key factor in Sunderland's perilous position was a wretched start to the season, the Black Cats not winning a league game until November 5th.

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