DAVID MOYES was paraded in front of the media as West Ham United’s new manager today, when he effectively warned anyone interested in taking over at Sunderland to make sure they know what they are walking into.

Black Cats fans remain disgusted at the manner of the club’s relegation under his guidance in May, having failed to carry on positive work overseen by Sam Allardyce in the previous six months of 2016 when they avoided the drop.

Moyes’ deflated mood and negative vibes in front of the media during his time at Sunderland remain things Sunderland supporters feel contributed to the club’s ten-year stay in the top-flight coming to an end in May.

The 54-year-old is still likely to have been in charge at the Stadium of Light at the start of this season had he not chosen to resign.

But he has pointed out that he soon realised the Sunderland job was not all what he felt it would be – even though he even sought the opinion of Allardyce before taking over from him.

Now, after Simon Grayson’s departure last week, Sunderland are looking for a ninth manager in six years, with Moyes effectively urging candidates to assess what they are taking on more thoroughly than he did as he tried to defend his career since leaving Everton.

Moyes, speaking to the media at West Ham, said: "For me I didn't do enough due diligence on Sunderland. Preston was very good then everyone knows about Everton.

“I got the chance at Manchester United which is well documented. I had a great time in Spain (with Real Sociedad). I came back and made a poor choice in the club I chose (Sunderland).

"I think I do have a point to prove, yes. Sometimes you have to repair things and maybe I’ve a little bit to repair.”

Moyes’ unsuccessful stints at his previous three clubs since leaving Goodison Park have led to mixed views from West Ham fans about his installation as Slaven Bilic’s successor at the London Stadium.

Despite taking over a club sitting in the Premier League’s relegation zone after 11 matches, rather than starting in pre-season like he did at Sunderland, he is convinced he can impress and succeed with the Hammers.

He said: “I am here and I am on a mission in my own head. If the players step out of line they won’t play. If you don’t run you won’t play. If you’re not fit enough you don’t play.

He added: “I never stopped being out of the game, I watched Under-17s, done a bit for TV, I have done a lot of coaching with education, whether it be in Poland, Scotland … I have been busy.

“This is what I do, ultimately. I want to be good at it and the only way I can is to have good players. I believe we have good players and all they need is a bit of confidence, self-belief, one or two tweaks in organisation and I’m confident we can get a good team.”

Moyes has been linked with the Scotland and Everton jobs recently, but he decided to pursue the West Ham option while Sunderland continue their search for the new man.

Despite Sunderland’s precarious position at the foot of the Championship and with finances even tighter now than during Moyes time in charge (when club figures suggest he still spend over £25m), there has been plenty of interest expressed in the job from home and abroad – the question is of what calibre?

Chief executive Martin Bain, the man responsible for appointing both Moyes and Grayson, is weighing up the credentials of those he can bring in and no confirmation of a new man is believed to be close.

Sunderland would prefer not to go down a short-term option just to lift them out of the trouble they are in, although nothing has been ruled out at this stage.

Bain had hoped to have had someone in place before the end of the week to enable the new man to have the whole of next week on the training pitches to work with the squad ahead of the visit of Millwall on November 18.

That is looking more unlikely but not being completely ruled out and work is still going on behind the scenes to see if they can make greater progress.

Former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka remains an option, along with ex-Manchester United defender Phil Neville and former Rangers boss Ally McCoist.

Lower league candidates such as Luton’s Nathan Jones, Southend’s Phil Brown and Barnsley’s Paul Heckingbottom are still heavily linked.

Wigan boss Paul Cook’s connections with ex-Sunderland manager Peter Reid make him an interesting contender. Sunderland skipper John O’Shea continues to be mentioned too, although he is on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.