After a disastrous managerial tenure at Sunderland that saw the North East club’s decade-long spell in the English Premier League end, David Moyes has resigned from his post.

Moyes announced his resignation on Monday, a day after the conclusion of the 2016/17 Premier League campaign, where they were defeated by newly-crowned champions, Chelsea. The Black Cats were the basement boys of the division, with just six wins and 24 points, finishing 16 points from safety.

“I would like to thank Ellis Short and the Board for giving me the opportunity to manage Sunderland and the fans for always being so passionately supportive of their club.

I wish the players and my successor well in their efforts towards promotion back to the Premier League.” – Statement from David Moyes

Sunderland chairman, Ellis Short, revealed that Moyes left the post without compensation which was a ‘testament to his character’ and that the fact they had pursued him for some time before hiring him made the announcement ;difficult for everyone concerned.’

Moyes has had a torrid time since landing his dream job at Manchester United in 2013 following a relatively successful spell at Everton. United finished the season in seventh, their worst finish in the EPL era, and the club let him go less than a year after his appointment. In late 2014, he was hired by Real Sociedad, a team that was in the Champions League the season before his arrival, and won just 12 of his 42 games in charge.

Some fans couldn’t wait to have a dig at him, while others jokingly hinted he might be on his way to greener pastures.