Gus Poyet: On the lookout for a win
Sunderland supervisor Gus Poyet is desperate to stay a thorn in Newcastle’s aspect.
The forty five-year-previous Uruguayan repeatedly thwarted the Magpies’ ambitions throughout his enjoying days with Chelsea – for whom he scored both goals in a 2-1 FA Cup semi ultimate victory at Wembley in April 2000 – and Tottenham to the extent that then manager Sir Bobby Robson described him as a “menace” and once jokingly said he hated him.
On Sunday, he will lead his Sunderland aspect into derby battle with the old enemy on the Stadium of Mild hoping to extend the hoodoo, though admitting there will probably be little he can do about it once the primary whistle has blown.
Asked about his file towards Newcastle, Poyet mentioned: “Sure, but I am not playing.
“My entire career in England has been always linked to Newcastle by some means for the great and the bad. I just hope the great ones proceed and we will win the game.
“However I don’t assume it should be a sport that’s going to be received by me or by Alan Pardew. This game will likely be won on the pitch.
“We’ll attempt to help them, in fact, as a result of we have to make good selections.”
Poyet’s fortunes in opposition to the lads from St James’ Park have remained optimistic throughout his fledgling managerial profession thus far with the South American having guided former club Brighton to FA Cup victory over the Magpies in every of the final two seasons.
Indeed, he boasts a 100 per cent report in opposition to Alan Pardew, and that may be a statistic who would dearly love to stay intact by the point he heads for dwelling on Sunday night.
Poyet said: “I hope it does not finish now. One hundred per cent shouldn’t be going to remain for ever, but if there was one time that we have to maintain that one hundred per cent, that is it.”
Victory over Newcastle – something the Black Cats have achieved solely as soon as on Wearside since April 1980 – would be significant for a variety of causes, not least that it could be their first anywhere within the Barclays Premier League this season.
A return of one point from their first eight video games has left them anchored to the foot of the desk and in extreme hazard of being cast adrift – the gap to seventeenth place is already seven factors – until they’ll halt the slide soon.
Predecessor Paolo Di Canio additionally faced Newcastle in his second recreation on the helm, in his case at St James’, and he returned with a famous three-0 victory.
Poyet, whose first sport in cost led to a sobering four-0 defeat at Swansea, admitted a repeat on house soil can be excellent.
He stated: “I’d take that outcome now, yes. Sometimes there are coincidences in soccer, but until it happens, it’s tough to analyse.
“However it is true that we need to win and this can be a perfect recreation for us. It is the everyday sport that the followers would really like you to win.
“From what I’ve seen on the town, the only thing they ask is to win this sport. Apparently there is nothing after, there aren’t any extra video games, it’s only this one.
“Maybe we should always take it like that. It is a sport we have to win.”
Defender Wes Brown could make a first competitive look for the club since January last year after lastly shaking off the calf downside which has sidelined him since pre-season.
Poyet said: “In case you need expertise and intelligence and players who have played on the highest degree in the biggest video games, he’s considered one of them, so I wouldn’t be too nervous on that facet.
“It is something that we have now been struggling with, the psychological aspect, so mentally, I don’t suppose there may very well be a better participant.
“Now the factor is he wants to be able to compete, of course, and last for 90 minutes, so we will see how he reacts to the final 4 periods.”