David Moyes admits Sunderland tenure has been ‘painful’ ahead of Bournemouth clash

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Moyes is still looking for his first win

David Moyes admits he is a lucky man despite facing “pain” ahead at Sunderland.

The Wearside boss wanted more resources in the summer transfer window to help his cause.

But he is grateful to have the backing of owner Ellis Short after failing to guide the Black Cats to a win in the league this season and the team in deep trouble at the foot of the table.

Sunderland aim to kick-start their season by winning at Bournemouth on Saturday, with a home game against fellow strugglers Hull to follow.

Moyes said: “We have to say, ‘How do we build this club?’ It might be painful. Saying that, it’s been painful for four years anyway.

“The big job is to make sure we’re in the Premier League again. I have been on the phone to Ellis two or three times. It was good. But I didn’t expect anything else. I’ve had nothing but support from them.

The Scot has admitted he is fortunate to still have his job Moyes and Sunderland go to Bournemouth this weekend

“But I’m not daft, you have to win games. I’m a big boy as well and I know it’s my job to get results.

“But I also think the club are aware we don’t want to get in a situation of tossing and turning and changing managers all of the time. That, at the moment, is helping me.

“I’m not stupid. It will get to a point where we can’t keep saying this. The fact of the matter is we’re not doing well.”

Asked if he felt unfortunate to have got the job at a time of scarce resources to rebuild the squad, or fortunate to have kept the owners’ backing he replied: “Both.

“I hoped things would have been slightly better on the first part.

“But I understand stability is needed and, at this moment in time, that is helping me, the club don’t want to change managers again – and that is rightly so.

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“Some of my predecessors deserved to be given longer.”

Defender John O’Shea will miss the game with a hamstring problem.

Moyes says his first job is to get Sunderland “in the ball game” ahead of the January transfer window which could be “crucial”.

He said: “I don’t know the answer just yet, I hope to know more shortly.

“We have to win some games between now and January and make sure we’re in a better position.

“Then January could become crucial.”

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