..not the golden one but the big brown 'orrible one, I'm afraid.
Moyes is looking more and more like a 'busted flush' by the minute and the bizarre admission, just two games into the new season, that supporters should brace themselves for a relegation battle has only two possible explanations:
1) that David Moyes is a manager incredibly low on confidence, who felt suddenly exposed in front of the camera and just didn't know what else to say.
2) that despite a cringe worthy spell at United, followed by a swift sacking at Real Sociedad, David Moyes is still confident enough to attempt to publicly shame his board into giving him cash before the transfer window shuts.
If it is number two, it would mean that he has balls the size of a Rhino and he doesn't, so its number one.
As we all know, last season the Sunderland board, like England have now, appointed Sam Alledyce to rescue a dire situation simply by instilling confidence and focus. With such a recent reminder of the power of mind over matter, followed by a couple of defeats and Moyes' textbook demonstration of how to lose a dressing room, they are unlikely to leave it as late as last season to make the change. Cost of the contract won't come into it - there are always clauses - and as we are constantly reminded the value of staying in the Premier League dwarfs anything.
Only the players can save him now and they certainly don't appear to be good enough. So, just as he has been secretly suspecting for some time, Moyes could well be finally done.