Belief key to Sunderland Premier League survival - Poyet
Gus Poyet has expressed that the key to his Sunderland players winning games and surviving in the Premier League is to believe, writes Sky Sports.
Despite sitting bottom of the Premier League following six defeats and a draw in their opening seven matches of the season, Poyet is confident Sunderland have enough quality to lift the team off the bottom of the table.
Poyet, who took over after Paolo Di Canio was sacked following the poor start, said: “I have no doubt. The idea is to believe. The key is to convince the players. They are the ones who need to feel on the pitch that they have got a chance to win the game.
“It's well-known in football that when you are at the bottom, you get no luck, no help, everything goes against you. We need to expect that, we need to be ready for that.
“Whatever happens, it doesn't matter. We need to keep believing that this is the way. I am responsible for that. The key is that they are convinced and they believe that is possible. We will see.”
The 45-year-old was sacked from his managerial role at Brighton following a complicated disciplinary process, but is back in management and relishing the challenge at the Stadium of Light.
“I am happy and looking forward to it,” Poyet said. “In the situation we are in, I am not going to make any excuses. I am going to take whatever comes. This is where we are, we cannot complain.
“In the position we are in, we need to be respectful to everybody and show that we really care. That balance is not easy, especially for them. They have had one manager, an interim manager and then a new another manager. We are all different and they need to adapt. The quicker they adapt, the better for everyone.”
The Black Cats travel to Wales on Saturday to face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium - the Swans have won just two of their opening seven Premier League matches this season.
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