David Moyes is under the spotlight this evening for the first time since ‘wholly unacceptable’ remarks he made to a female reporter became public.
Sunderland travel to Leicester in the Premier League in desperate need of three points as their battle to stay in the top flight reaches crisis point.
Scot Moyes has been widely criticised for his comments to BBC employee Vicki Sparks, in which he suggested she ‘might get a slap’.
Speaking after the Black Cats’ goalless draw against Burnley last month, Moyes said: “It was getting a wee bit naughty at the end there so just watch yourself. You still might get a slap even though you’re a woman.”
He bluntly added: “Careful the next time you come in.”
Despite the remarks, which Moyes has since apologised for, he has retained the full support of the Sunderland board.
In a club statement, the Wearsiders said: “Sunderland AFC would like to reiterate the actions taken following the Burnley game on March 18.
“The exchange between the manager and a BBC reporter was wholly unacceptable and such actions are not condoned or excused in any way.
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“David recognised this immediately, proactively bringing the matter to the attention of the CEO (Martin Bain) and apologising to the reporter.
“The club also spoke with both a senior figure at the BBC and the reporter personally, expressing its profound regret over what had occurred.
“The matter was treated with the utmost seriousness from the outset and the swift and decisive action taken by the club and the manager at the time ensured that it was resolved to the satisfaction of the reporter and the BBC, which was the priority.
“With both the BBC and the reporter agreeing that appropriate action had been taken at the time, the club continues to fully support David in his role as manager of Sunderland AFC.”
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