New Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has asserted he has no issues working with director of football Roberto De Fanti at the Stadium of Light, according to Sky
De Fanti, Sunderland’s director of football, brought 14 new players to Sunderland in the summer, and sacked Paolo Di Canio just five games into the Premier League season, but Poyet believes the better De Fanti does, the better players he will receive.
“I’ve got no worries. When everyone is working for the same aim that is for the good of the club,” insisted Poyet.
“I need Roberto and I need Roberto to do well for me because the better Roberto does, the better players I get. I think it’s a relationship,”” added Poyet. “You have to explain to him exactly what you want and for him to look for the players.
“I cannot do this job. I mean, the big ones I see every weekend but to find other players – well, someone needs to do it. This is our recruitment system. We will sit down, discuss the qualities of the players and then the club needs to make the decision on the financials. Then you are coming to the conclusion [on targets]. I think that’s fair and I’m happy with it. I’ve got no issues with it whatsoever.”
Poyet was controversially sacked from Brighton and Hove Albion live on television, when the Uruguayan was working as a Match of the Day pundit during the Confederations Cup in June.
Poyet was the sixth longest-serving manager in English football at the time of his dismissal, leading Brighton from the League One relegation zone when he took charge in November 2009 to fourth place in the Championship at the end of last season.
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