He may regard himself as nothing more than a ‘head coach’ but Sunderland’s Gus Poyet still rates excellent value in the next Premier League manager to leave his post betting at 8/1.
That’s on the back of his latest outspoken press conference diatribe on the dire need for better players and the club’s wayward post-millennial progress.
Poyet’s recent outbursts paint the former Brighton boss as a deeply frustrated figure, in sufficient doubt as to whether he will receive the support he needs to implement the playing style on which he wishes to be judged in the January transfer window.
The Uruguayan had already gone on the record with his feelings before Christmas, telling reporters:
I am a head coach,
“I am not going to be a head coach when it suits and a manager when it doesn’t. That side is down to recruitment.”
“You know what is missing. It is clear what we need to do. That is down to recruitment.
“So, if you ever get the chance to speak to anyone on the recruitment side and ask them about it, you are lucky. If you don’t, don’t ask me.
However, in the wake of Sunderland’s home defeat to Liverpool last time out he stepped up his exasperated real talk campaign to a level of bluntness that would make Geoffrey Boycott blush.
When asked why his Black Cats had stood off the Anfield side when getting in rivals’ faces was part of the Wearsiders DNA he retorted.
That was the characteristic of one Sunderland, the one with Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn. The rest of the teams of Sunderland did not have any characteristics.
“They were rubbish. They were playing for relegation and suffering. I am trying something but we are miles away to a point that worries me.”
“I’m just saying what I feel. We have to be realistic. Sunderland have been in the top ten once in 15 years. The rest have been full of bad decisions and suffering. We need to find a way of playing a certain way. As a team we’re not adaptable and not intelligent.
Poyet’s employers are unlikely to appreciate his candour and given the obvious rift that has developed between him and the club’s hierarchy he looks value to be the next Premier League ‘manager’ to leave the club either by being sacked or of his own volition at 8/1.