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Moyes urges Sunderland to stand together and bare their teeth

David Moyes has called for a united front as he attempts to drag Sunderland out of another tailspin, warning that sacking managers in the past has not solved the club's lingering problems.

The 53-year-old Scot is still awaiting his first Premier League win as Black Cats boss nine games into his reign and finds himself at the foot of the table.

Asked how difficult he is finding the current situation, Moyes said: "It's never easy. But it's part of the job and I don't think I expected it to be a lot better.

"I hoped it would be, but deep down I expected it to be that way. It's a collective job now, it's not just the manager because everybody has had the focus on the manager before.

"It has to be the staff, playing staff, everybody involved in the club because yes, you can change the one guy there, but it's proved in the past that's not the answer."

Moyes' comments came after Jack Rodwell's admission that the players had to take responsibility. Moyes said: "It's good to hear players taking responsibility because the top players take responsibility."

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