Poyet will quit Sunderland if not given final say over transfers

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has said he will walk away from the Premier League strugglers if he does not get final say over transfers, Sky Sports has reported.

Poyet was only appointed six weeks ago to replace Paolo Di Canio after a poor start to the season on Wearside, and revealed that a disagreement with director of football Roberto De Fanti over the identity of the club’s January signings is such that if a certain unnamed player is bought, his resignation will follow shortly after.

We talked about a position the other day and considered four players,” Poyet said. “I picked two. It was simple. One of the other two (selected by De Fanti) was a definite no. If that one is coming, I won’t be here. The player has to be the right one for me. If not, I’m not going to accept it.

They need to give me the options and I need to pick the ones I like,” the Uruguayan continued. “We need to see if they are available and if they fit into the financial possibilities, then we will move forward. I’m sure it’s going to be done in the right way, in the common sense way. Everyone has a responsibility.

Poyet insisted at the time of his appointment that he was happy to work under De Fanti and echoed those sentiments again, and that he was content with the arrangement so far. “So far, everything is working fine. The connection and communication have been great,” Poyet said. “The idea is to start moving. The sooner we move, the sooner we get a player, the better for me.

Sunderland are currently second bottom of the table with only two wins from 11 league games – both claimed under Poyet’s management. The former Brighton boss took a win from his first Tyne-Wear derby with Newcastle and before the international break guided Sunderland to a victory over Manchester City, both results coming at the Stadium of Light.

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