Poyet is quietly confident
Finally, Gus Poyet has been appointed to replace Paolo Di Canio in what is a very hot seat in the Head Coach’s office at the Academy Of Light.
October 10th, 2013
However, with so many people, especially among the national media and neutral fanbases, keen to point out some supposed similarities between the two, there’s one major difference in the two appointments which seems to have gone overlooked – the mood locally.
Upon the arrival of Di Canio many, including myself, were caught up in his endless charisma. He said all the right things, carried himself in a confidence never before seen by fans of a certain age, and instantly made himself incredibly likeable. A win over Newcastle didn’t go down too badly either.
This really was from day one whereas, with Poyet now at the helm, things feel very different.
Di Canio had a very out and proud confidence, while the arrival of Poyet has been incredibly understated.
The Uruguayan was a front-runner for the position from day one; however, that wave of excitement was muted as Kevin Ball remained in charge for three games – three games in which we looked very good for the first time this season.
There was also the rumours that Ball might be in the running for the position permanently, as well as other names entering the fray such as Ralf Ragnick, Fred Rutten and more. Poyet’s arrival seems to have been greeted with a “oh right, so we’re doing this now” rather than chest-banging and roars of approval.
It’s certainly a more calculated and measured approach from the club and Ellis Short to go down this route, and it’s a welcome one.
Bottom of the league and in a terrible position to recover from it, Poyet has a large, if quiet support at the moment – with very much an attitude of wait and see.
Poyet has promised to make some changes; changes which were quietly mentioned as opposed to shouted about from the rooftops, and it’s likely that this understated nature will play to his advantage.
Everything about Poyet is exactly what Sunderland need; he has the right mix of charisma, ability, and a way of imposing attractive football onto unattractive teams.
Since Ellis Short took full control of the club he’s stuck with Steve Bruce who nobody really wanted. He brought in Martin O’Neill, whom the fans all wanted and then Paolo Di Canio who seemingly only he wanted.
Now we have Poyet. A man from whom you get the impression nobody was sold on from day one, yet are all curiously confident will be the man to turn Sunderland’s fortunes around.