For the fourth season running, the Black Cats have been plunged into a dog fight at the very bottom of the league and look one of the favourites for the drop come May.
And despite last weekend’s thumping 4-0 victory away at rivals Crystal Palace, Moyes obviously still thinks more needs to be done to pep up his players.
According to the Guardian, Moyes will turn his back on the opportunity to take his players away for a training camp at the usual destinations like Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai for a short trip in freezing cold Manhattan.
The Scot explained: “It gives the players something to look forward to and they need a bit of a break. We’re going to watch basketball and ice hockey and all go to Ground Zero so, culturally, I hope to educate the boys as well.
“The big thing for me though is to create a team spirit so they look after each other on the pitch. I want them to build relationships off it, too – and the psychology behind going somewhere so cold is that when we come back we’ll think Sunderland is Dubai.
“We all like the sunshine, well apart from us ginger lads.
“But I’ve done New York before [with Everton] and it works.
“We’ll train every day and do quite a bit of running in Central Park as well as cycling but the players will have downtime for sightseeing and other things.
“If you treat players right, give them the best, you can then you can expect the best back from them every week. We ask a lot of them so I’ll try to give my players the best back and make them feel good.”
We have absolutely no idea how this upcoming trip will go down inside the Sunderland dressing room but it definitely makes a change from the usual winter breaks players opt for.
Can you see it making a difference in their run-in?
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