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I never thought about resigning after 'slap' comment, says David Moyes

By Damien Spellman

Sunderland boss David Moyes does not fear for his job and never considered resigning over his "slap" remark to a female reporter.

As the Football Association confirmed they would ask the club for an explanation of Moyes' comments to BBC Newcastle and Radio Five Live reporter Vicki Sparks, the 53-year-old Scot made a public apology but vowed to carry on in his post.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunderland's Premier League trip to Leicester tonight, he said when asked if he had considered resigning: "No, never a consideration."

Moyes is also confident he can carry on with his job with owner Ellis Short and chief executive Martin Bain having been aware of what happened for some time.

He said: "Yes. I don't see it as being something which is in my character. It is something which is out of character. As I said, I have apologised to the girl."

Moyes found himself at the centre of a storm after footage emerged of what he thought were off-camera comments to Sparks in the wake of a post-match interview on March 18.

The video captured the manager reacting to a question he did not like, saying: "You were getting a wee bit naughty at the end there, so just watch yourself. You still might get a slap even though you're a woman. Careful the next time you come in."

Both Moyes and Sparks were laughing during the exchange and the reporter did not make a complaint, although colleagues were unimpressed.

The Black Cats boss said: "In the heat of the moment, I made a mistake in my comments to a BBC reporter which I profoundly regret. I was disappointed with myself for it. I phoned the reporter and apologised."

Sunderland, and perhaps Moyes himself, will now have to discuss the matter with the FA, which is planning to ask for clarification.

A spokesman said: "We are seeking observations from the club."

Sunderland consider the matter dealt with, and the BBC were also content with Moyes' apology.

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