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Our suffering can yield some long-term gain, says Moyes

By Mark Walker

Published 05/11/2016

Staying focused: David Moyes
Staying focused: David Moyes

Sunderland fans are fed up with short-term solutions and are prepared for more suffering if it means an end to the club's perennial relegation struggles, according to manager David Moyes.

Moyes has presided over the worst ever start to a season in the Premier League era since replacing Sam Allardyce in July.

The Black Cats have yet to register a league win after 10 games this season and it has been claimed the 53-year-old faces the sack if they slump to a fifth straight defeat in all competitions at Bournemouth today.

Moyes has dismissed the speculation and remains confident he has the backing of both owner Ellis Short and the club's fans.

"The supporters have been brilliant," said Moyes, who will watch from the stands at the Vitality Stadium as he serves a touchline ban after admitting an FA charge of misconduct.

"Away from home and at home, they come in big numbers. That's why it's such an attractive club. It's attractive because of the people and because of the numbers who come to games.

"It's attractive because they all know as well, they want a period of stability. They want a period of success, which unfortunately they've not been able to get.

"But I think they're willing to go through the pain if the thought is that there is a rainbow at the other end."

When asked for his reaction to the claims over his own future, Moyes added: "I think they were all quashed weren't they?"

The former Manchester United and Everton manager refused to comment further and was making reference to subsequent claims made by the Sunderland Echo that he was not in imminent danger of losing his job.

When asked what a win before the international break would do to lift the club, Moyes said: "It would be great. So the job is to go to win, we have to win, we have the attitude to win.

"I'm not saying we haven't before but we'll go out there with a positive attitude.

"We've got to find a way of getting over the line, of taking points from games and trying to drag out a result if we can, which we weren't able to do last week."

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