Cape Town - Sunderland captain John O'Shea has urged the club to pull together and support manager David Moyes as they aim to avoid relegation this season.
O'Shea believes Moyes has led the Black Cats in the right direction despite the club sitting bottom of the Premier League standings, with 11 games remaining in the season.
Sunderland are six points below safety, and O'Shea believes it's crucial that everyone at the club works together and gives the manager their best efforts.
“It can’t happen overnight, we have to be patient, we have to give him the support he needs," he said, according to the Northern Echo.
"Obviously the position we’re in, we don’t want to be there but the players know what the manager wants from us and it feels like we’re going in the right direction regardless of league position. Fingers crossed we can get that stability as soon as possible.”
The 35-year-old added: “You want to get away from the possibility of a relegation battle as quickly as you can but also you’re aware that the Premier League is very competitive.
“You look at the teams that got relegated last season – the size of the squads, the size of the budgets, the support they have – and you know there’s no divine right to stay in this league, you have to fight for every point you get.”
Sunderland next welcome Burnley to the Stadium of Light in a league clash on Saturday with Moyes' men sitting at the foot of the table.
Kick off is at 17:00.