Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Moyes Know He Faces a Testing Time - but the Challenge Excites Him

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Moyes Know He Faces a Testing Time - but the Challenge Excites Him

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Byline: Steve Brown Sports writer Twitter: @brownygingerowl

DAVID Moyes says it has taken him only a month to identify and understand the problems which in recent times have undermined Sunderland.

Yet the Black Cats manager insists he remains excited by the "firefighting test" and hopes in time all will be "rosy."

Moyes succeeded Sam Allardyce on July 23.

He inherited a club in debt and well-versed in relegation battles.

Then came other issues: Lamine Kone and Younes Kaboul, injuries to almost an entire starting XI and tricky fixtures to kick off the Premier League campaign.

The next is at Southampton this afernoon.

That journey and beyond, he admits, will bring tears.

He is "never, ever" going to fix things with immediacy.

Yet Moyes is attempting to re-lay foundations and implement the important but invisible aspects behind long-term success which go unnoticed until it arrives.

"This is a test, this is a test," he said.

"I came back for a bit of excitement, I wanted excitement. That was my thing. I wanted to be excited by the job. I'm excited by the job.

"I'm looking at it and saying 'I can see why, I can understand totally why things have not always gone right here in the short term'.

"I can see it and I'm trying in a way to put bits of that right.

"I'm never, ever going to get it right in the short term but we're trying to get the foundations. "Can we get the foundations in? It never looks like it until it grows and when it does you can say 'remember when we started doing this and this?' "It never looks like it at the start. I'm hoping it will be soon, I'm hoping in six months or one year you might say 'I can see it, there may have been a few tears along the journey but I can see why that started'. "That's my hope, it really is but I need a bit of help to get that going, we need results to go our way to get us up and running."

Anything at St Mary's would be a start, a club with a blueprint worth copying.

Moyes added: "Southampton might not be a bad model to look at but why has that not been implemented eight, nine, 10 years ago? …

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