Sunderland have brought in the right man to replace Sam Allardyce in David Moyes according to defender John O’Shea.
O’Shea, after his Euro 2016 exploits with the Republic of Ireland, joined up with his team-mates last Sunday – the day after Moyes was appointed – as they headed off to their French training camp.
The Scottish tactician has had little time to implement major changes but O’Shea is impressed by the former Everton and Manchester United boss and believes he was the right man to replace England bound Allardyce.
“The new manager has a fantastic pedigree and I saw a stat that he’s third or fourth highest in terms of all-time Premier League wins, so we have a manager who knows how to win football matches,” he told safc.com.
“I’ve had very tough games against his teams in the past and although he hasn’t had much time with the group yet he’s been getting his ideas across.”
O’Shea and Sweden international Seb Larsson are set to make their first appearances of pre-season in Saturday’s friendly against Montpellier.
First-team coach Robbie Stockdale said: “Both players are naturally fit but with summer tournaments and a later return date the recovery process is as important as the work period, so they’ve had three days with the sports science department and then three days with the team before playing on Saturday.”