Poyet insists he cannot be responsible for relegation

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has claimed he will not be held responsible if the club are relegated this season instead blaming a poor start to the season and less than successful summer transfer window, reports the Telegraph.

Poyet took over from beleaguered Italian Paolo Di Canio who oversaw six losses and just one draw in his seven games in charge this season, with newspapers rife with stories of squad disharmony before his dismissal.

The Black Cats also went on a major recruitment campaign under the former West Ham striker signing no less than a staggering 14 players, but the squad have continued to struggle this season.

Asked whether he had excuses, Poyet said: “I hope you understand what I’m going to say because it’s the way I feel. I hate excuses, but I’ve got a lot of them. I’ve got a list.

“If I gave you everything that happened, Mamma Mia I’ve got excuses. I cannot say what my best one is. I’m not allowed to say.”

And despite an upturn in form under the Uruguayan which saw them reach the Capital One Cup final, they have slumped back into the relegation places since and currently find themselves bottom of the pile – albeit with three games in hand.

They have won just six games in the league all season, and Poyet has acknowledged it may take up to four wins from their last eight if they are to stand a chance of survival.

He added: “I knew when I came here it would be extremely tough. I remember when I came here the team had one point from seven games.

“But we have played less games and we have to play the other teams down at the bottom. We still have a great chance.”

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