AS football fever grips the city, schoolchildren have sent special good luck messages in Spanish to the SAFC boss.
Pupils at Grangetown Primary School decided to put their foreign speaking skills to good use by recording a video of songs and messages for Gus Poyet in his native language.
Born in Spanish-speaking Montevideo in Uruguay, the Black Cats boss will no doubt be delighted with the efforts of the children.
Les McAnaney, headteacher at the Spelterworks Road school, said: “We teach Spanish at Grangetown and were so thrilled at Sunderland’s success in reaching Wembley, winning the derby against Newcastle and moving out of the bottom three, that we decided to say a big thank you and well done to Gus Poyet – in Spanish.
“Gus has been in the UK a long time, but we’re certain he will enjoy hearing these greetings from our pupils, in his native language – with a Mackem accent of course.
“By turning around the fortunes of Sunderland Football Club, Gus has lifted the whole city, and he thoroughly deserves this special praise in Spanish-style from our children.”
Grangetown Primary pupils have been learning Spanish for almost two years and Mr McAnaney said some of the children are very good at it.
The pupils have also made good luck cards, all written in Spanish, which will be sent to the Stadium of Light for the Black Cats head coach.
Featured on the video is messages to Gus, including “Hola Senor Poyet, Que Tal – Hello Mr Poyet, how are you?” and “Somos los mejores – We are the best”.
Wearing their red and white shirts and waving the Uruguayan flag, the children also sang a few songs in Spanish, including “Ese Sunderland como mola – Sunderland is very cool” and “Je merece una ola – We deserve a wave.”
Carmen Rodriguez, Grangetown’s Spanish teacher, was impressed with the enthusiasm and creativity shown by the children.
She said: “They learned the Spanish greetings very quickly and said the words with great confidence.
“The cards are so colourful, and I was impressed with how much Spanish vocabulary the children knew – they even knew some words that we hadn’t covered in our lessons.”
Pupil, Maisy McCormack, nine, said: “It was fun because we got to do something different in our Spanish lesson – it’s not every day you get to send a message to the Sunderland manager.”
And classmate Alice McKennna, nine, added: “The best bit was doing the Mexican wave and singing the song.”