David Moyes is the ‘right choice’ for the club and he will ‘bring stability’ to Sunderland, according to former defender Julio Arca.
The Premier League side made a swift appointment to replace Sam Allardyce at the Stadium of Light, naming the Scot as their new boss on a four-year deal.
The former Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad manager will be hoping to reaffirm his ability after two dismissals in as many years. He takes over the club months after avoiding relegation under Sam Allardyce, who has taken up the vacancy at England’s national team.
“It’s been a crazy few days for Sunderland regarding the manager,” the former Black Cats left-back told Danny Kelly and Tony Cascarino on the Weekend Sports Breakfast.
“I think David Moyes was the right choice at the moment. He’s someone that knows the Premier League inside out, he’s done a great job at Everton.
“Things did not work out at Manchester United like he wanted but I am sure he will bring stability to the club, something Sunderland have [needed] for a while.
“In the last three or four seasons Sunderland have been lucky to escape relegation. Sam Allardyce did well, bringing players in January that made a difference to the team.
“You want to be in a comfortable position in the Premier League instead of fighting relegation every season. Hopefully David Moyes can change this around and bring stability, consistency and obviously he is going to look for new players to get all that.”
Moyes takes the job on Wearside just three weeks before the start of the new season, with a trip to Pep Guardiola’s Man City in store on the opening day.
In the close season the Black Cats have handed new deals to Jermain Defoe, Vito Mannone and Patrick van Aanholt, but they are yet to add to the current squad.
Arca, who spent six years at Sunderland, continued: “It’s not going to be easy for him. Three or four weeks, slightly more [including the transfer window].
“Sunderland needs three or four players. Last season they were ok [in the end], but things need to improve.
“You always get these kind of changes in the north east, you never know what is going to happen. Sunderland had to quickly make a decision because the season starts soon.
“It’s up to the manager now, what kind of players he wants to bring in, but in the long term David Moyes is the right choice.”