Poyet defends Sunderland tenure

Former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has released a statement through the League Managers’ Association in which he has defended his tenure at the struggling Premier League club.

Poyet was sacked earlier this week after the Black Cats were beaten 4-0 at home by Aston Villa, leaving them a point and a place outside the bottom three. Sunderland are 17th on 26 points with Burnley 18th on 25. Both sides have nine games to play.

Sunderland appointed former Rangers, South Korea and Serbia manager Dick Advocaat as Poyet’s replacement and Poyet, who has also sat on the bench of Brighton and Hove Albion and represented Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur during his playing days, insisted he was satisfied of his record on Wearside and listed a number of his achievements in his nearly 18 months at the Stadium of Light.

“I leave Sunderland feeling proud of all of our achievements during my tenure, not least reaching the club’s first cup final in 22 years when we took more than 30,000 fans to the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley,” the Uruguyan’s statement said.

“Of the three Tyne-Wear derby matches since I joined the club as manager, I am very proud that we were able to win all three, two of which were away from home. This season, Sunderland remains the only team not to have conceded to Chelsea and the club has remained outside of the bottom three throughout.”

Poyet also thanked the Sunderland chairman Ellis Short, the staff with whom he worked, and the supporters, wishing the club the best for the future. Advocaat’s first game in charge takes place this weekend, as Sunderland travel to West Ham.

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