The mood at tomorrow's home game with Bournemouth could be extremely ugly, with the Black Cats' relegation set to be confirmed if they fail to better Hull City's result at Southampton.
The fact that Sunderland's last win came in February's 4-0 thumping of Crystal Palace, coupled with last night's defeat to a Middlesbrough side who had not seen a league win in 2017 prior to the second Tees-Wear derby of the season shows exactly why they are heading for the drop.
The 35-year-old Republic of Ireland global is a veteran of the club's increasingly remarkable fightbacks in each of the last four seasons to stave off the spectre of relegation from the Premier League, and had high hopes of playing his part in another.
Many Sunderland fans turned on Moyes following Saturday's game, and seemingly don't trust him to guide the club back into the Premier League.
Joshua King scored the only goal of the game, which leaves Sunderland 13 points from safety with four games to play.
"Now they have been challenged to avoid their season tailing off and get the five points needed to beat last season's tally".
Sunderland chairman Ellis Short has apologised to the club's fans for their relegation from the Premier League, accepting that "mistakes have been made" during his ownership.
GETTY Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko go head-to-head at Wembley on Saturday
18 - David Moyes' win percentage as Sunderland boss, in all competitions.
Manager Moyes, who will make a decision on his future at the end of the season, may have sensed it was not going to be his day when four of his most experienced players, Lee Cattermole, Darron Gibson, Jack Rodwell and Jason Denayer all failed fitness tests.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was delighted to effectively secure a third season in the Premier League.
"I know that cash isn't easy up this part, so I appreciate every penny they put into the club by watching the team, so my thoughts are with them".
But I also feel that the responsibility should be shared and, if it was only directed at the manager, then I would be saying it's probably not correct. "I think we've had a couple of pretty good performances in the last few games".
Howe said: "Artur has been in great form of late and he was crucial for us in the Championship, transferring that into the Premier League". The reality is that Sunderland AFC retain no desire to sack the man they have so far stood by.
They have to go all-out for the win on Saturday and they are not good enough at the back to pull off that kind of attacking style.
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