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Sunderland relegated after defeat to Bournemouth

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Sunderland's ten year stint in the top flight was finally ended on Saturday after a one-nil home defeat to Bournemouth.

In truth though, it simply confirmed the inevitable, and with just one win in their last 18 league games the Black Cats have been doomed for some weeks.

Sunderland have flirted with relegation in two of the three previous seasons and his own prediction in August that Sunderland were in a relegation fight has come back to haunt boss David Moyes.

Moyes took over from Sam Allardyce in the summer, when the later took the England job. But the former Everton and Man United boss has failed to build a team good enough.

Jermaine Defoe has seen his goal tally reduced and there has been a lack of quality through the squad. Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has been the one exception and the former Sunderland fan looks set to leave in the Summer with a potential England place up for grabs for him. He will want top flight football.

Defoe will be courted by Southern clubs - Defoe has made no secret that he would like to return south, and ironically, Bournemouth, who finally sent Sunderland down might be one of Defoe's suitors in the Summer.

For now, Moyes has said he needs time to reflect and it will be interesting if he does stay on in the Championship - he has not managed at that level since leaving Preston for Everton in 2002.

JB

 

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