Asked for his post-match message to worried fans fearing yet another fight for Premier League survival, Moyes announced that he shared their concerns.
“They’re probably right,” he said. “I don’t think you can hide the facts. That will be the case.”
Not just that, Moyes claims there are no quick fixes, no magic wands, no dramatic changes under his management.
Brace yourselves for a fifth successive relegation scrap, he told fans.
Not the rabble-rousing soundbites we’ve come to expect from newly-appointed managers and not the one many Sunderland fans wanted to hear, even if they share his misgivings about the wafer-thin squad he presides over.