Sunderland boss: This is just the beginning

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet.

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GUS Poyet says he hopes his first year in charge of Sunderland is only the start of a fantastic journey for him and for the club.

The Uruguayan has overseen a rescue mission of monumental proportions and the beginning of a complete overhaul of the playing staff in his brief time in charge.

How far along the road he is towards getting the perfect set-up at the Stadium of Light, he admits is difficult to judge.

But the 46-year-old has every hope that the best is yet to come for him at the club, with significant progress having already been made.

“It’s difficult to put it into percentages, in terms of where we are,” he told the Echo.

“But I think we’ve set up the basics – the way we want to work, how we train, the standards of the group.

“Those are there.

“Now what we need to improve is the game itself – the way I want to play and how quick we can play.

“We need to pass the ball quicker, although not in a hurry.

“Then we need to do little things in the game better, little things that can make all the difference.

“Those are areas that I want to make better in our play.

“These things take time but we are now looking at them and we will continue to do that this season.”

Overall though, Poyet is certain Sunderland are heading in the right direction and he is delighted to be in charge of a club where he not only feels fully settled but also which is starting to represent much more his own personal footballing philosophy.

“It has been great,” he said.

“I feel that this is my team now – winning or losing, the atmosphere, the relationship with the fans and the city.

“Everything looks calmer.

“And I can tell you that’s a good feeling.”