Jack Rodwell feared he might die as Sunderland plane made emergency landing

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David Moyes has come across as a rather hapless figure since leaving Everton three years ago.

The Scot was once one of the most respected Premier League managers and a man you wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of.

But over the last three years, his fearsome reputation has evaporated. Unsuccessful spells at Manchester United and Real Sociedad have undoubtedly had an impact on his reputation.


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Moyes now finds himself at Sunderland, following Sam Allardyce’s decision to take the England job, and on Sunday he flew with his new players for the first time.

It was a flight that nobody on the plane will ever forget - especially Jack Rodwell, who admits he feared he might die.

Rodwell: I've never experienced anything like that

“I have never experienced anything like that,” Rodwell told The Sun when talking about the plane which was forced to make an emergency landing in Manchester. “It was frightening. I didn’t want to fly again.

“The air hostess said, ‘We’ve got to go down, it’s not good’.

“She had said, ‘It’s OK, we can fly on one engine’. But they had shut the engine down completely.

“It took us about 15 minutes to get down and you’re thinking, ‘What if the other engine goes?’. You’re gone then, aren’t you?”

'It sounded like a chainsaw trying to start'

Sunderland were on their way to Geneva when it soon became apparent, shortly into their journey, that something was wrong.

“I was sat at the back with Lee Cattermole and Billy Jones, right next to the engine,” Rodwell continued. “So half the plane at the front didn’t really hear much, but I was in the second last row.

“It sounded like a chainsaw was trying to start.

“We were like, ‘What the hell was that?’. It sounded a bit like bags had dropped out of the plane.

Rodwell: Even the air hostess looked worried

Panicked, Rodwell said they shouted at the air hostess - and their concerns grew by the expression on her face.

“We shouted for the air hostess and asked if she had heard the noise,” the midfielder added. “She had, and we could tell her face wasn’t right.

“We knew then that they had to get the plane down – it was scary.

“It was worrying me that they didn’t really keep us informed. I was thinking, ‘Are they even on top of this here?’.

“When we landed they said it was actually worse than what they made out.

“They told us it was a one in 35 million chance of that sort of thing happening.”

Players didn't want to get back on plane

Rodwell went on: “Half of us were so scared that we didn’t want to get back on a plane.

“When they brought us down, we got on a bus and we were told they were going to try to fix the plane.

“We were like, ‘No chance! No matter what you do to it, we’re not getting on that’.

“I wanted to get here, but I didn’t want to fly. I would have taken a coach ride back to Sunderland at that point.

“But we got here fine in the end, and it’s a beautiful place, so that’s a consolation.”

Moyes wins his first game in charge

Sunderland played a day later against French third division side Stade Lyonnais and recorded a 2-0 victory thanks to a first-half penalty brace from Duncan Watmore.

The Black Cats face Dijon this afternoon, before taking on Borussia Dortmund in their final pre-season match ahead of their Premier League opener against Manchester City on August 13.

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