David Moyes admits Alan Shearer is right: Sunderland players have been 'pathetic'

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David Moyes insists his reputation remains intact, despite overseeing Sunderland's relegation from the Premier League.

Victor Anichebe and Jason Denayer are already major doubts after limping out of Saturday's woeful 2-0 defeat against Swansea before half-time.

On the future of some first team players, Moyes said: "We've spoken to everyone at the club who has a situation with their contracts where it could be terminated or they could leave".

"So I need to make sure I have got a team to put out".

"I won't say [who] just now but there are a couple of others we are concerned about".

It might be that we have to take the kids with us to Arsenal but that's not a problem.

Moyes did not attempt to hide his disappointment yesterday when he agreed that Alan Shearer was within his right to say the performances from Sunderland's players against the Swans was "lazy" and "disgraceful".

He said: "The two boys who came off injured weren't involved in training yesterday".

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The relegated Black Cats turned in an abject display in front of their own fans at the weekend and while the Scot is calling for his players to end a disastrous campaign with spirited performances at Arsenal and newly-crowned champions Chelsea, the omens are hardly promising. We've past them on to [chief executive] Martin Bain and they'll speak with their agents etcetera and see where we'll go with it. "But obviously we'd like to keep them for the game on Wednesday night".

Moyes urged Sunderland's players to prove they belong in the Premier League as they prepare to face an Arsenal team still in with a chance of a top-four finish.

He said: "It's a big chance to go back to basics and rebuild". The players are the ones who cross the line, they have to show what they can do, many of them are thinking there is something better, well, that would have to be their choice. For most of this season it has not shown that way.

He added: "Many of the players probably believe they have futures elsewhere".

Fan confidence has understandably been drained, the last two home games played out in front of many empty seats.

"It has been a terrible season because of the outcome".

Asked if it had been a disgusting season, Moyes replied: "Of course it has because of the outcome, and we have said we have been really disappointed by it".

"We made everybody well aware that our squad was short from the start. At the moment, the players we're using are way, way off that level, not anywhere near close to the same level".

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