David Moyes: can the Energy Vampire be brought back from the dead?
David Moyes has earned the nickname 'Energy Vampire', after being accused of sucking the life out of Sunderland football club. The name was coined by a former Black Cats player to describe how the Scotsman has "drained its players, staff and supporters of belief and enthusiasm", the Daily Mail reports.
Can the manager be brought back from the dead, or is it a mercy - for him and the club - to drive a stake through his heart before the North East side is drained of all of its blood?
Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League after a 1-0 loss to Bournemouth. The Black Cats are sitting at the bottom of the table, having lost 26 games this season.
Following their 2-0 defeat to Swansea, David Moyes chose not to clap the fans at the end of the game after they chanted "We Want Moysey Out". Explaining his decision, he told the Sunderland Echo: "The fans have shown their disappointment at me. I didn't want to make it any worse so I got myself quickly down the tunnel."
His future at the club remains uncertain. While he has said that Sunderland want him to remain at the Stadium of Light, the 54-year-old will only stay if he is given the funds to rebuild the side. He said: “My future’s the same as it was. Everybody can see we need to make big improvements and changes and hopefully I will understand a bit more in a week or so.”
It wasn't always this way. Over the course of his 11-year tenure at Everton, he won 10 Premier League Manager of the Month awards after guiding the Toffees to the third qualifying round for the Champions League in 2005 and the FA Cup Final in 2009.
Following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, he was appointed as his replacement at Manchester United in 2013. However, he only managed 10 months at the club - compared to Fergie's 26 years - after the Red Devils finished outside of the top three for the first time in Premier League history.
David Moyes had a higher win percentage at Manchester United in his only season as manager than current incumbent Jose Mourinho. The Special One's total dropped to 47.2 per cent after 38 games, when United were defeated by Tottenham Hotspur as the Red Devils concentrate on their Europa League campaign. According to Metro, Moyes won half of his games in charge at Old Trafford, but lost more games (11) in one season than his successors, Louis Van Gaal and Mourinho, in the first 34 games.
While Moyes added the Community Shield to United's silverware, Mourinho is lifted both the Community Shield and the League Cup - and the Portugese boss is fighting for Champions League qualification, if his side wins the Europa League final against Ajax. Louis Van Gaal won the FA Cup with United in 2016.
He had a similarly short spell at Real Sociedad, lasting just under a year at the Spanish side. He was sacked in November 2015, and made his return to management with Sunderland at the start of this season.
Sunderland face Arsenal away at the Emirates tonight (K.O. 7.45pm).