David Moyes reacts to being Howard Webb's most hated manager

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David Moyes has not got off to the best of starts at new club Sunderland, after replacing Sam Allardyce over the summer.

The Black Cats find themselves languishing at the bottom of the Premier League with just two points and no wins from their first eight games.

Moyes took over from Big Sam after the former England manager had dramatically helped the club avoid relegation.

Despite the poor start Moyes has had to endure in the north east thus far, he has revealed a different kind of emotion that surely could not be attributed to his Sunderland players at this stage of the season.

Earlier this week, retired referee Howard Webb explained the footballer and manager who got on his back the most when he was officiating.

Unsurprisingly, the player that gave him the most stick was ex-Liverpool and Newcastle striker Craig Bellamy.

But many would have been a little shocked by the manager that Webb picked.

Was it Sir Alex, Jose, Pardew? Nope. It was none other than Scotsman Moyes, which, in recent years of management, is probably unsurprising, given the difficulty of the jobs he's taken on.


And the former Manchester United boss has reacted to the news with pride.

“It was part of wanting to win and part of making sure you do win," he said.

“Everton was a tough place to go for any referee and we made sure they knew about it.

“We didn’t make it easy for them if we could help it at that time.

“We fought them, don’t worry about that. We made sure they knew the job.”

Webb had earlier said that Moyes “held no love for the refereeing profession” and he was “quick to criticise”.

However, the Scot did say that he believed the standard of officiating in the Premier League has "moved on", and after his time in Spain with Real Socieded, believes that the UK's referees are far better.

“Most people should be grateful for the standard of refereeing in the UK.

“I saw another style in Spain when they were blowing their whistle every ten seconds.

“So I think the British referees and the Premier League referees are doing a good job.”

Moyes will be looking for his first win as Sunderland boss when his side travel to West Ham this weekend.


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