GUS POYET has hit out at Stoke City after constant speculation linking the Potters with Sunderland duo Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole.
Reports in the Potteries for the past week have suggested Stoke are readying a £5million move for Sunderland midfielder Cattermole, while Mark Hughes’ men have also been credited with an interest in Black Cats frontman Fletcher.
But Sunderland are yet to receive any approach from Stoke for the duo and Poyet has made no attempt to hide his irritation with the Potters.
Poyet said today: “I’m pleased in the local newspaper that we didn’t throw about any interest about any Stoke players.
“That’s what they have done for the last week.
“Not one Stoke director has made any formal approach or offer.
“For them to be linked with two important players for us, is disappointing.”
Poyet played alongside Hughes at Chelsea, yet the Sunderland head coach says he has not spoken with his former team-mate.
“He didn’t call me,” said Poyet.
“Some people say the manager calls when they want a player of the other team, but they didn’t.”
Poyet was taking a more diplomatic line, however, when asked about Di Canio’s weekend broadside, in which he branded the club “weak” and some of its players “cowards”, and insisted Sunderland were no better off now than they day he was relieved of his duties, prompting a dismissive statement from the Stadium of Light hierarchy on Monday.
His successor said: “I think the club was spot-on with its statement and I will maintain that. We will go with the club and the players have been respecting that as well. It’s the best way for us.
“Me, I am very critical with myself and I analyse myself first. Every game after winning or losing, I check myself, what I did well, what I didn’t do well under my understanding of football, whether the players reacted to what I said or not.
“I am just trying to keep improving and to keep getting better, not only as a team, but me as a manager as well.
“That’s the best way for us to make sure we get to the situation that we want at the end of the season, which is being in the Barclays Premier League.”