GUS Poyet spoke of a heart of darkness within Sunderland Football Club as his side headed closer to relegation at the weekend.
Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Everton was the Black Cats’ fifth loss in succession and the club really does need something of a miracle to stay in the Premier League now.
But Poyet is convinced there is a longer term problem to address here, rather than a single season which has gone horribly awry.
Asked whether he was still happy at the club, he said: “It’s difficult to talk about things straight after the game.
“But I think there’s something wrong at the football club and I have to find it.
“If we don’t find it we’ll always have a problem – so we have to find that and change it.
“There’s too many things have gone wrong over too long a time now.
“What happened to Martin O’Neill? What happened to Steve Bruce? What happened to Paolo Di Canio?
“What has happened to me now?
“I don’t want to get away from the responsibility, but who is going to be next?
“It might be A, it might be B, it might be C, but it won’t matter because the club will still be in the same situation.
“I don’t like it.
“I need to find a solution and it is up to me.
“That’s why it is sad – because, although the problem might remain, it’s always the manager who goes.
“But I’m going to find it, before I go!”
Poyet’s belief that Sunderland’s problems go back over a long period of time would suggest that there are off-field issues that need to be addressed, every bit as much as on-field ones.
And his claims reinforce the belief that there will be a root and branch investigation into all aspects of the club from top to bottom as Sunderland look to re-emerge from this season a stronger and more unified outfit.
It is a rebuilding job that Poyet is up for and he insists he has no second thoughts about the task he has taken on at the Stadium of Light.
“I have never regretted coming to Sunderland and I never will,” he said.