Sunderland manager David Moyes said after the 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough that the fans should prepare for another season in the relegation battle.
The Black Cats have started off the season with two 2-1 losses to Manchester City and Middlesbrough, and Moyes was asked after the defeat on Sunday about his thoughts on fans fearing another relegation battle.
“Well, they would probably be right because that’s where they’ve been every other year for the last four years, so why would it suddenly change?” Moyes said.
“I think it will be, I don’t think you can hide the facts, that will be the case, yes. People will be flat because they are hoping that something is going to dramatically change – it can’t dramatically change, it can’t.”
Captain John O’Shea had to go off in the first half with a groin problem, making things even worse for Moyes. The club is still looking to add players, but Moyes stressed it had to be for the right price.
“What we have got, we are having to add to it with young players as well as one or two experienced players, and we have got to try to get the balance right and obviously choose and get the right players at the right price in the transfer market,” Moyes said.
“That’s actually quite difficult. It’s easy said, but it’s not that easy and the prices, as you can imagine, are a bit more than they have been in the past.”