GUS Poyet says he is prepared to go the extra mile to ensure Sunderland get the right players in future transfer windows.
The Black Cats’ head coach this week explained how he had met and had constructive talks with Director of Football Roberto De Fanti and chief scout Valentino Angeloni.
And he also revealed that when it came down to signing players, he would have the final say.
That’s a system which will ensure the Uruguayan spends a little bit more time on planes, trains and automobiles than he would prefer.
But he says doing personal checks on players who are potential Sunderland targets is something he takes seriously.
“I want to watch the players if I can,” he told the Echo. “The problem is the games and getting them to.
“But if at all possible, I need to see them live.
“We’re not talking about a loan for a month here, as in the Football League, we’re talking about permanent signings.”
Poyet admits that it’s not a part of the job that particularly appeals to him but he says it is something he needs to do.
“Is that nice, doing all that travelling?” he shrugged.
“Do I like going over the world on a Sunday or on a Wednesday?
“But it’s my job and I do it and I’ve got no issues.
“It’s something that’s important for me and the club.
“It’s something natural and I don’t complain about it because we are all working to get the right players in.”