After the sacking of former Sunderland boss, Paolo Di Canio, who was stamped “passionate” by the Sunderland Chairman, Ellis Short, the Black Cats have now appointed their new boss as Short reveals the manager to be the “passionate” Poyet. After stamping the previous boss as passionate and him turning out to be a disaster, it probably wasn’t the smartest idea to reveal his new boss by calling Gus Poyet passionate too. The Uruguayan is the former boss of Brighton and was a wonderful player himself, Ellis Short now hopes that he can lead his team to many victories in the Premier League.
The Black Cats are having one of the worst starts to a Premier League season sitting in the worst position possible, bottom of the table. However, at the weekend there was a glimmer of hope that they could still continue to be a decent team this season as they took the lead and outplay Manchester United at the Stadium of Light. So far there have been 7 games this season and Sunderland have only managed to gain a mere one point on the board, not winning a single match but only drawing one game in week 2 of the season.
Gus Poyet has so far had a very successful managerial record, arriving at the then League One team Brighton half way through a season and leading them to safety that season. The following season, his first full season as a manager, he led Brighton to the League One silverware topping the table and was voted as the LMA League One Manager of the Year.
In 2012, he won the Outstanding Managerial Achievement Award for doing so well with Brighton. However 2013 was a bad year for Gus Poyet, losing in the Championship play-offs and then getting sacked for telling his players he couldn’t take Brighton any further and that he was likely to leave. The official statement was only made by Brighton in June of 2013 and he always had the leading odds to succeed Di Canio as Sunderland manager, beating the likes of Steve McClaren, Roberto Di Matteo and Tony Pulis. Is Gus Poyet the man to revive Sunderland following their poor start?
Author Daniel Foster.
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