SUNDERLAND manager Gus Poyet has said Andre Villas-Boas did not get the time he needed to mould his team.
Poyet, a former Spurs player and coach, said: “Nothing surprises me in football. Now, it’s not nice. From the managers’ point of view no, it is not nice.
“We always want time, especially when you have just made a new team with plenty of new faces. Without any doubt, you need time.
“But I don’t know the reasons, so it’s difficult to analyse.”
Poyet has been touted as a possible candidate to replace the Portuguese in recent weeks, but he insists he is concentrating only on the task of dragging the Black Cats out of relegation trouble.
He said: “It’s always flattering, but I just came here and I am concentrating here. My aim when I go to a place is to think very quickly about the first team and then slowly, long term.
“It’s the way I am, I try to see how I can help the whole club, so I am doing that, concentrating here.
“Yes, I follow the news, of course, but it’s no problem.”