GUS Poyet had admitted just a few short weeks ago that his team needed a miracle to stay up, and insisted survival – confirmed with tonight’s 2-0 home win over West Brom – was the biggest achievement of his life.
He said: “I am absolutely delighted, I am proud of what we have achieved. I am so pleased for the players, the fans, the club, really.
“I was brought to the club to do one job and one job only, and it was to stay in the Barclays Premier League, and we have done it in a certain style, I can say.
“It’s going to be remembered forever. There are going to be people talking in many, many years’ time - ‘Sunderland did it, it’s possible, we can do it’.
“I can see plenty of managers telling their players in the future, even if you are seven points adrift with six games to go, you can do it. All the best.”