David Moyes has claimed that he was unfairly treated by Manchester United during his short stay at the club.
Moyes said that it was harsh that was shown the door just 10 months after signing a 6 year contract with the club.
He also said that the manner is which he was made to exit was undignified for a club of Manchester United’s stature.
This is the first time the Scot has spoken to the press as the manager of an English club since his untimely departure from United, of which he was the last person to know.
“When you sign a six-year contract and you end up being there 10 months — yeah, I believe I was unfairly treated,” said the 53-year-old.
“That is life in football. Ultimately, the key is to win football matches. I didn’t win enough. But you must say there were mitigating circumstances. And I think there are maybe things that have gone on since then that would actually justify that even more so.
“Managing Manchester United gave me an unbelievable idea of what it is like at the top. I believe that is where I can work and that is where I should be working,” he added.
“My level is that, because that is what I saw when I was there. You don’t get offered those jobs if you’ve not done something to deserve it. I am a better manager now for that experience.”
Moyes faces an uphill task as he embarks on a journey to reclaim his spot as one of Europe’s top tactician.
Sunderland have failed to make any signings this summer and it will be interesting how the Scot goes-on with the transfers.
However, he has expressed his desire to bring Adnan Janujaz and Marouane Fellaini from United, but all that is just talks at the moment.
Moyes also showered praise on his predecessor and newly appointed England boss Sam Allardyce saying “‘I think Sam Allardyce did brilliantly to keep Sunderland up, an incredible job.”
Moyes was sacked by Real Sociedad in November last year, just a month after he rejected Sunderland’s advances to hire him.
“The main reason was because I didn’t think they could stay up, so what Sam did was amazing,”
Moyes has prioritized staying up as his first goal “I would take fourth bottom this season if I felt I had brought players in who would help us move forward and give us a backbone,’ he said.
“We’re even lower on numbers than in May — we need to get some players in to improve. I need competition for places. At the moment, we don’t have that.”
“I’ve had many opportunities to take other Premier League jobs since I’ve been out of work. I’ve had opportunities to go abroad. But I wanted to come back to the Premier League now,” he said.
“There is an exciting group of managers and I wanted to be in among that, to compete against them. But it’s the potential of Sunderland that, to my mind, has never reached the heights.”
“They’ve had seven managers in five years — that’s a scandalous statistic. It’s not the way to go forward.”
“But they’ve got an owner who reminds me of Bill Kenwright at Everton and I had 11 great years with him. Bill allowed me to manage a club, to build a club.”
“I didn’t have a great deal of money at Everton — £5million a year was all I was ever allowed — but I would argue that I had the best recruitment in the Premier League’s history.”
“The owner here has given me carte blanche. He’s told me, ‘Whatever you need to do to get it turned around, we’ll do it.”
“We turned Everton from being a club at the bottom to a club at the top. But that was a journey that took 10 years. Football has become less patient since that time, so I hope I get the opportunity to put my vision in place.”