GUS Poyet says he is totally committed to Sunderland’s cause long-term and hopes today’s derby against Newcastle United proves to be the moment where the Black Cats’ season turns around.
The Uruguayan believes a derby victory this afternoon would finally kick-start Sunderland’s campaign.
But he says, regardless of how things turn out this season, he is proud to be at the helm of one of England’s Premier clubs and will move to the region as he looks to revive the stricken giant.
“I really like being in charge here,” he said. “This is what I was planning when I started.
“I didn’t want to start in this position because I knew it was impossible.
“I needed to prove myself and do things in the right way, build up my reputation to have a chance to come to a club like Sunderland.
“Now I’m proud to be here, but the problem we have is obvious – it is there and I need to work to fix it.
“But it’s a great feeling to walk out for this massive game.
“It’s massive, I love it and it’s the only game I wish I could still play. The Monday nights in January when it’s raining, I don’t miss those….
“But this derby game could totally be the turning point for us.
“We need to make sure and try as much as possible to make that happen.
“If we get out of this situation, it will be the biggest achievement of my short managerial career.”
Poyet is house-hunting in the region.
“I have practically an agreement to stay in Sunderland,” he revealed. “We’re close to a place here and if not, we can look at a couple in Durham.”
But going into this weekend he was focused solely on the overwhelming draw of the derby.
“I find the situation with these two clubs so strange,” he said.
“It’s two cities that are so close together, two clubs in the Premier League.
“It’s unique, but it’s great for football, so you just need to adapt to the situation the best way you can.”
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