Gus Poyet will quit Sunderland unless he approves January transfers
Sunderland have only just installed Poyet as manager although the Uruguayan has made it clear that he needs to have the final say when it comes to drafting in new players.
November 22nd, 2013
The Black Cats have enjoyed home wins over Newcastle and Manchester City since the former Brighton boss replaced Paolo Di Canio, although Poyet has warned that he won’t have new players imposed on him as was the case with his predecessor.
Director of football Roberto De Fanti was responsible for several of the new players that arrived at the Stadium of Light during the summer, although the Black Cats manager claims that this won’t be the case moving forward.
“We talked about a position the other day and considered four players,” he said.
“I picked two. It was simple. One of the other two (selected by De Fanti) was a definite no. If that one is coming, I won’t be here. The player has to be the right one for me. If not, I’m not going to accept it.
“They need to give me the options and I need to pick the ones I like. We need to see if they are available and if they fit into the financial possibilities, then we will move forward.
“I’m sure it’s going to be done in the right way, in the common sense way. Everyone has a responsibility.”
Sunderland head to the Britannia Stadium and Villa Park for their next two matches before tricky home matches against Chelsea and Tottenham. Poyet admitted that having a director of football at a Premier League club is unusual but he’s comfortable with the situation.
“The sporting director exists everywhere in the world,” he said. “I know in England it’s not very common. The manager is normally in charge of everything but I had it at Zaragoza as a player and my situation is clear.
“So far, everything is working fine. The connection and communication have been great.”
“The idea is to start moving. The sooner we move, the sooner we get a player, the better for me.”