Is Poyet The Man To Keep Sunderland In The Premier League?

Uruguayan Gus Poyet is the man Ellis Short has chosen to try and preserve Sunderland’s status as a Premier League club and despite the Black Cats gaining just one point from their first seven games there is still plenty of time for the former Brighton boss to save their skins.

Poyet’s impact will have to immediate however, with the Wearsiders already in danger of being cut adrift at the bottom of the table and without a single league win this campaign.

Comparisons between Poyet and his predecessor Paolo Di Canio are presumptious to many Sunderland supporters and by looking at the evidence it suggests they are right.

Although Di Canio preached possession football, Poyet is set to take it further, and unlike the Italian, the ex-Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder doesn’t favour 4-4-2, opting for 4-3-3 during his successful time at Brighton and Hove Albion.

The similarities are that both have left their previous clubs under a cloud, and neither man had experience of managing a top flight club before being appointed at the Stadium of Light.

Whoever Short decided to plump for was always going to be a gamble. And this is another SOS call in the same style which he made to Di Canio less than six months ago after Martin O’Neill’s time at the club went from stale to horrendous.

Poyet is not short of self-belief as expected and told the assembled media at his first press conference that he will be able to keep the Black Cats in the Premier League.

Poyet said: “The sooner we win, of course, the better, but the idea is to make sure that we understand the way that we would like them to play football.

“We think it’s the best way, so there has to be very good communication with the players, understanding, trust – we need to commit as a group.

“We need to make sure that we are all together, players, staff, fans, make sure that we are very strong to make sure that we can win football games.”

The new head coach, who has brought Mauricio Tarrico and Charlie Oatway as part of his staff, will have 10 days with his new squad before they play Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on October 19.

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