Poyet rejects Di Canio comparisons after Sunderland appointment

New Sunderland Head Coach Gus Poyet has insisted he should not be compared to Paolo Di Canio, the man he replaced at the Premier League strugglers, ESPN has reported.

Poyet was confirmed in the post on Tuesday morning after Di Canio was sacked following the team’s poor start to the season and a series of confrontations with senior players put his position under threat. The axe duly fell and Poyet, last of Brighton and Hove Albion, was appointed two weeks later.

At pains to move the club away from the tumultuous period under Di Canio’s stewardship, Poyet said: “The time of Paolo has come to an end and it is time to move forward. We are all different and I don’t think it is right to compare people.

I know a lot about the players at Sunderland, and I know for them it is going to be even more difficult now with another new manager. I have to make sure they are comfortable here and we will make sure they are ready and without excuses.

Sunderland currently have only one point from their opening seven games but did push Liverpool and Manchester United close under caretaker boss Kevin Ball. The Black Cats’ next opponents are Swansea City, currently six points better off than the Wearside outfit.

When you’re at the bottom in the situation that we are, everyone will say it’s going to be difficult,” Poyet said. “The idea here is to believe and to be convinced. From what I see, I do believe that we can get safe.

I need to convince the players and everybody. I need to make sure that players, staff, fans and directors believe in this opportunity that starts today. I’m going to play my part. I need to make sure everybody commits to the cause.

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