David Moyes Labels Winger As ‘Disrespectful’ After Relegation Comments
Posted by Paul David Sanderson | Published on January 13, 2017
Sunderland manager David Moyes has labelled Dutch winger Jeremain Lens “disgracefully disrespectful” after he said that it would be “easier” for him if Sunderland were relegated.
Lens was signed by the Black Cats just 18 months ago for a hefty fee of £13 million but the Dutchman failed to appeal to manager David Moyes. The winger was sent on loan to Turkish side Fenerbahce and has since cemented his place in the side.
Whilst speaking to the Dutch press this week, Lens expressed his desire to say in Turkey, revealing that the move would be easier if Sunderland were relegated.
“I hope I could get a signature that will allow me to stay here. I do not want to talk about my contract, but many things will be easier if Sunderland drop down.”
A furious David Moyes replied to Lens’ comments in his press conference today, saying:
“I think it’s disgracefully disrespectful to the club who hold his registration.
“You would hate to think that anyone connected to the club would say that. If he said that it’s a disgrace to say that about your parent club.”
“A lot of team-mates here who he played with are fighting every week with a small squad to try and keep us in the Premier League.”
“I don’t know if anybody would want him back at the club now. If the quotes are correct then I think it would be very hard for that to happen.”
Moyes also revealed that he took advice from former Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce when making his decision to allow Lens to leave in August.
“We paid £13m for him and I knew his reputation as a player. I thought, ‘We’re short and we haven’t got a great deal of quality – is it right to move him on?,” said Moyes, who also revealed there is nothing in the loan deal to make it permanent come the summer.
“But there were just some things I saw which I wasn’t sure about. In the end, these are the decisions the managers have to make.”
“Maybe when he left, people thought, ‘What you doing get rid of him?’. I made the decision that I thought he wanted to go and that we could get through without him.
“I only had a few weeks with him as well, so I was going more on what I’d been told by other people. He didn’t play much last season either. I had to take advice off the likes of Paul Bracewell and Robbie Stockdale, and Sam (Allardyce) as well.
“I wanted to give him an opportunity but didn’t feel as if I saw enough. When the offer came from Fenerbahce he wanted to go back to working with Dick (Advocaat) as well.”