GUS POYET believes clarifying his own long-term future made Sunderland a more attractive option to their transfer targets this summer.
Sunderland concluded their incoming business last week with nine new signings at the Stadium of Light after South American loan pair Ricky Alvarez and Sebastian Coates rounded off the spending spree on deadline day.
But at the start of the summer, the club secured another crucial signature after head coach Poyet extended his contract at the Stadium of Light until 2016.
There had been speculation over Poyet’s future at the end of last season after the Uruguayan was looking for assurances over Sunderland’s direction and wanted to see several of his ideas implemented by the club, following their successful escape from relegation.
But the doubts were extinguished when Poyet penned a new deal on Wearside, with his previous contract due to expire in the summer of 2015.
That should create some much-needed stability at Sunderland after Poyet became the Black Cats’ fourth manager in less than two years when he arrived last October.
And while Poyet himself is glad to have clarified his future, he believes the big plus point is that those players who have arrived at Sunderland have been well-aware that there is a long-term plan for the club’s development.
Poyet told the Echo: “No doubt things are a little bit more clear with what I wanted to create and the players I wanted to bring.
“I was able to say to Jack Rodwell that I wanted him to join us because we’re trying to do things in a certain way over the next six months to a year.
“Look at someone like Bucker (Will Buckley). I know him and he knows me and what I want from him.
“He could play for another manager, no doubt.
“But he knows exactly what is going to happen here.
“Those things give you a bit of help in competing for players.
“We’ve been able to tell these players what we’re hoping to achieve in the next two years.”
Unlike predecessor Paolo Di Canio, Poyet has hand-picked the new players at the Stadium of Light too.
Six of the nine incoming players - Rodwell, Buckley, Billy Jones, Costel Pantilimon, Jordi Gomez and Santiago Vergini - were all on Poyet’s first-choice list of targets.
Patrick van Aanholt and Alvarez were both attractive alternative options to former loanees Marcos Alonso and Fabio Borini, while Poyet was also keen to sign fellow Uruguayan Coates rather than other defenders who were available on the loan market.
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