Sunderland boss Poyet looks to solve Cattermole riddle

Lee Cattermole is sent off at Hull
Lee Cattermole is sent off at Hull
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GUS POYET hopes he can be the Sunderland manager who solves Lee Cattermole’s disciplinary problems.

Cattermole was sent off for the sixth time in his Black Cats career at Hull City on Saturday after a first half lunge on former Sunderland team-mate Ahmed Elmohamady.

Sunderland have opted not to appeal against the red cards shown to Cattermole or Andrea Dossena, who was also dismissed at the KC Stadium, with the pair missing the next three games.

Head coach Poyet will not publicly reveal how he has dealt with Cattermole, but says he has plan to stop the midfielder being a target for officials.

Poyet said today: “In any team, you have got different characters and you need to, as a manager, use them to the best of their ability knowing they can do one thing or another, or they can make this mistake or another.

“Lee, we know that when he is frustrated he is maybe going to make this kind of tackle.

“Many managers have talked about him. Me, I am going to try to manage him my way.

“I respect other opinions but I am going to do it my way with him internally, and we will see if he improves that reputation that he has got at the moment in England that he cannot make a tackle.”