Patrick Van Aanholt and his former boss David Moyes have been exchanging verbal blows in the press this week after the Dutchman opened up about his desperation to leave Sunderland after being forced to work with the Scotsman.
Having moved to Sunderland from Chelsea on a permanent basis back in 2014, Van Aanholt had worked under the likes of Poyet, Advocaat and Allardyce at The Stadium Of Light prior to Moyes’ arrival without so much as a whimper but as the quotes above explain, his relationship with the latest man to take up residence in the dugout has been awful from the start.
Whilst there is an argument to suggest that Patrick’s comments are a tad unprofessional, his love for the methods employed by Sam Allardyce suggest that he’s not simply a bad egg with a short temper. Indeed, we only need to look at the epic mishandling of Wilfried Zaha’s stay at Manchester United to gain an insight into the shortcomings of Moyes’ man-management skills.
On one level, I understand David’s frustration but in a season when his team are languishing at the bottom of the table, he’s embroiled in a scandal regarding a threat to slap a female reporter and Jermain Defoe looks for all the world to be heading towards the exit, he should probably have kept quiet when pressed for his views on Van Aanholt’s parting shot at him. As they say, there’s seldom any smoke without fire.
Back in SE25, Van Aanholt himself continues to recuperate from the injury his sustained in Crystal Palace’s 2-0 away win at West Brom, with the player himself suggesting that he just may play a part in the upcoming clash at home to Arsenal on Monday night.
Watch this space.