Poyet has improved the mood at Sunderland, says Fletcher

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has said that the change in mood at the club has been like ‘night and day’, since Gustavo Poyet took over from the Paulo Di Canio, Sky Sports has reported.

Poyet took over on October 8, two and-a-half weeks after Di Canio was sacked following a 3-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion, and throughout the Italian’s five-month reign, the club was often in the headlines due to his strict coaching methods, which led to several members of the squad becoming unsettled.

Although Poyet oversaw a 4-0 defeat in his first game in charge at Swansea, but ahead of Sunday’s game against arch rivals Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light, Fletcher, who has scored one goal this season, has revealed that the atmosphere at the club has become much more positive under the Uruguayan.

The Scotland international told the Sun: “The difference between the two managers is like night and day. Gus has given the place a buzz again and it needed it. His staff like us to tell them their opinion – it’s not just their way or no way.”

On Di Canio’s management style, Fletcher added: “You had a little laugh and you felt like the head teacher was going to shout at you. Paolo would be the first to admit it as well, he didn’t want you to smile in training.

“We would end up not even speaking because we were scared to say anything in case he cracks up at you. It got to the point where you didn’t want to talk to each other because you just couldn’t be bothered with the hassle.’

The Black Cats are desperately in need of points, as they currently sit rock-bottom of the Premier League with a solitary point from their opening eight games, a run which has included losing their last six matches.

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