GUS Poyet says he will manage Sunderland in entirely his own style – despite being influenced by some of the most high-profile bosses in the game.
In a long playing career, the Black Cats’ new head coach served under more than a dozen bosses – seven during his stays at Chelsea and Spurs alone!
But he says that despite picking up bits from all of them – including Glenn Hoddle, David Pleat, Jacques Santini, Ruud Gullit, Graham Rix, Gianluca Vialli, Ray Wilkins and Claudio Ranieri – he will lead in his own way.
“You can learn from everybody,” said Poyet. “But I never found, never, a manager that had everything that I wanted as a manager.
“As a person, as a coach, as a manager, trainer, tactician, character – it’s very difficult to find one – but I learned a lot from each and every one of them.”
The 45-year-old says he remembers the exact moment when he stopped thinking of football purely as a player and started to contemplate the coaching side of the game – in February, 1998, when Ruud Gullit was sacked at Stamford Bridge.
“I really started to pay attention to training when a person who was sitting next to me in the dressing at Chelsea, the next day was sitting in the manager’s chair – and that was Gianluca Vialli,” he said
“And I thought: ‘oh, this can happen to me tomorrow!’ and then I started analysing things because everything in training happens for a reason.
“When you go into training and they say ‘run’ you think it is because they want you to get fit.
“But there may be many other reasons why you are asked to do things and at that age, at the age of 31, I decided to look at these things.
“I thought to myself, ‘what if someone sees something in me and they offer me a job tomorrow?’ – I have to know what this is all about.
“Gianluca was an influence and a character – he was very talented in terms of organisation – but, in other areas, we had different opinions.
“As a coach, you can learn from everyone you work with, but, in the end, you have to do it your own way and that’s what I am going to do at Sunderland.”
H Sunderland striker Ji Dong-won and on-loan midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung both played from the start in South Korea’s 2-0 friendly defeat to Brazil on Saturday.
Ji was replaced six minutes into the second half, but Ki played the full game as goals from Neymar and Oscar steered Brazil home.
Boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, who will unveil his World Cup squad for next summer’s finals on home soil on May 7, has four more matches in which to test his players.
They play Zambia on Tuesday in China, before facing Honduras on November 16 in Miami, Russia on November 19 in Toronto, and South Africa on March 5 in Johannesburg.