Poyet admits there is a problem to be fixed at Sunderland

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has admitted that there is something “wrong” at the club, and says he must work to fix that if the club have any chance of moving forward, according to Sky Sports.

Sunderland’s good form in the cups this season had seemed to put them in a good position in the relegation battle, with just a few points separating them from safety and with games in hand, but the Black Cats have now gone eight games without a win, with seven of those games ending in defeat.

The latest loss came in a narrow 1-0 home defeat to Everton, with a Wes Brown own goal proving the difference, and the former Brighton boss admits that there is a problem if things can’t be fixed quickly.

Poyet was also keen to emphasise that he realizes his own reputation will be on the line if he is unable to solve Sunderland’s dilemma.

The 46-year-old said: “I think there’s something wrong in the football club and it’s not an excuse. I need to find that. If I don’t find it, we’ve got a problem.

“I don’t know what it is. I do think I know what it is at times but no, I don’t. It’s too many times, too many things. I always say to myself ‘What happened with Steve Bruce in the second year?’ ‘What happened with Martin O’Neill?’ ‘What happened with Di Canio?’ and what happens with me now?

“I don’t want to get away from the responsibility because I said on Monday night I am responsible. I am the first one. But who is going to be next? A, B, C – you can call him anything and the club will be in the same situation.

“I don’t like it, it’s not me. I need to find the solution and whatever it is, I need to put it there.

“It’s sad because at the end of it, the one who goes is the manager. You try, you try, you try, you try but at the end, the one who loses his job and looks bad is the manager. So I’m going to find the solution before I go!”

Poyet’s reign had previously offered a degree of optimism for the Stadium of Light faithful, with a Capital One Cup final appearance and completing the sacred double win over arch-rivals Newcastle, but results have gone against the Mackems lately and many fans are resigning themselves to life in the Championship next term.

Sunderland have six games remaining, and sit seven points adrift of safety with two games in hand on 17th-placed Norwich, but with games at Man City and Chelsea their next two outings, and a trip to Man United at the start of May, the home games against Cardiff, West Brom and Swansea are likely to prove absolutely crucial.

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