Sunderland manager Gus Poyet writes letter to disillusioned fans

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has written a letter to the supporters in an attempt to get them back on side after a troublesome period for the Black Cats, reports BBC Sport.

Poyet joined the club in October 2013, following the sacking of predecessor Paolo Di Canio, and kept the club in the Premier League, despite the side losing seven of their first eight games to the season – any of which were during Di Canio’s reign.

Sunderland narrowly escaped relegation following a miraculous turnaround in form at the tail-end of the 2013/14 campaign, winning four of their last five league games, but things have barely improved this season. Fans have lost patience following another campaign of disappointment, and they believe the club are going backwards from the previous season.

The North-East outfit are currently only two points ahead of the drop zone 25 games into the campaign, and have picked up only four wins the process. Coupled with their recent FA Cup exit at the hands of Bradford City, manager Gus Poyet has looked to calm down the disillusioned fans with a letter asking them to stick together in hard times.

“I showed from inside or from outside the pitch, my commitment, passion and dedication in achieving what every club deserved. Of course, I went through good and bad times, successful and not so good ones, winning or losing finals, but I left every single club having a recognition from the fans for my honesty, passion and professional work,” he said.

“So let’s make sure that we don’t let anyone to break our relationship. I promise you that I care and want to win as much as you do and no one thinks more times every day about the team than I do. So I invite all of you to stay positive, to be strong, closer to each other and keep believing in what we started together last year, working harder to make it better this season.”

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