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Sunderland boss David Moyes thinks Swansea manager Bob Bradley needs more time

Sunderland boss David Moyes thinks heads should roll in Swansea's boardroom if doubts already exist about their American manager Bob Bradley.

Saturday's game between the relegation strugglers is crucial to both sides' survival prospects, but while the teams will not know their fate until much later in the season, the same is not true of Bradley.

The 58-year-old has only been in the job for seven matches but a haul of five points has left the Swans bottom of the division and made him favourite to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked.

Moyes, who was in a similar position earlier this season before a run of three wins in four games stabilised his position, said: "If that's the case it shouldn't be Bob Bradley that loses his job, it should be the person who employed Bob Bradley that should lose his job.

"Bob has only been in the job (a matter of weeks)... It must have been the people who made decision, that's the way I would look at it.

"I think Bob Bradley would have to be given time. Whoever would go into Swansea, or Sunderland for example, or some of the clubs at this end of the table and expect it to be a massive turnaround? If anybody thinks that they are completely wrong. They really are."

Despite the fact the game is being billed as a relegation shootout, Moyes insists he has loftier ambitions for his team.

Bournemouth, Hull and Leicester have all been beaten since the start of November, while high-flying Liverpool had to work hard for the points at Anfield.

That is the kind of form befitting a team further up the ladder and that is just what Moyes has in mind - as soon as they finally escape the drop zone.

"We've been in the wrong position for a long time this year," he said.

"I think the idea is more to say 'can we move to the middle part of the table?' That's got to be the aim...it's not initially coming out of the bottom three," he said.

"Can we go away and finish mid-table? At the moment we've not won enough games but I've been saying for a few weeks win one, win two, win three...now let's win four. Let's get this one won and see what we can do."

Sunderland's January recruitment plans hit a snag this week when Yann M'Vila, last season's star loan, decided against a move that had already been arranged.

A three-and-a-half-year deal was already in place after the end of his Rubin Kazan contract but the club have opted against enforcing it after being informed of the Frenchman's change of heart.

"We're disappointed because we're missing out on a good player but if someone doesn't want to play for the club that makes your decision easy," said Moyes.

"We at the club need people who are totally committed. We're disappointed we didn't get it to happen but if a player doesn't want to come we can't do much about it."

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