Gus Poyet has revealed Martin O'Neill's endorsement convinced him to take the Sunderland job.
Uruguayan was chosen earlier this month to succeed Paolo Di Canio,
whose controversial reign at the Stadium of Light ended just six matches
into the season amid poor results and player unrest.
admits it was the glowing appraisal of the Black Cats from another
former manager which made him pick the North East for his first venture
into Premier League management.
“I know Sunderland, I have played here. I suffered a big defeat here with Chelsea,” he told reporters.
“I know about the fans and I was lucky, by coincidence, that I played in an LMA golf day in the summer with Martin O’Neill.
were in the same buggy and I asked him something like 150 questions
about Sunderland, and he spoke very highly about everybody here.
a very honest person, Martin, an absolutely lovely person. He spoke
highly about the chairman, the fans, the players. I used him, when he
was having 18 holes with me, to get information. He probably thought:
‘What’s the matter with this guy, always asking questions?’”
lie six points from safety after seven matches without a win this
season, but Poyet remains hopeful he can keep the club in the top
“I think there’s time,’’ he insisted. “It’s much easier
now than after 15-20 games. I’m not going to put everything on me if we
go down, but I will accept my responsibility.’’