Sunderland manager David Moyes is praising the fans of the club, saying that they understand the Black Cats current struggle.
Moyes, 53, took over as manager over the summer, but has had a tough start to his career at the Stadium of Light as the team sits at the bottom of the table, and is the lone side in the league that is yet to record a win.
“I was with a lot of the supporters branches this week, talking to them, and I think a lot understand the situation,” Moyes said.
“They have been excellent. They understand they’ve been through the barrel with managers and need some stability.
“The things Martin was saying about identity and looking into the club’s north-east roots is absolutely right. Sam Allardyce did a great job keeping the team up but everybody that has been in has been firefighting, and not had chance to pick it up.
“Going back as far as Martin O’Neil and Steve Bruce – all the people that have been here – they’ve all had similar situations and probably felt the same.
“They’ve not had chance to pick it up. That’s why we are saying we need to put something down. We’ve got to get the whole thing moving along. Martin is an experienced chief exec’ and I think he’ll give Sunderland real good stability because if his own background.”
Sunderland travels to London on Saturday to take on West Ham United at the London Stadium.