Sacked ex-Sunderland boss Gus Poyet eyes management return

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GUS POYET is already eyeing a return to management, less than two months after being sacked by Sunderland.

After a run of just one win in 12 Premier League outings, Poyet was dismissed as Sunderland head coach last month, with the Black Cats drafting in Dick Advocaat to keep the club in the top flight.

I think first of all, I would like to stay in England and of course the Premier League is the maximum

Gus Poyet

But that experience - the second time in his managerial career that Poyet has been sacked - has not dimmed the Uruguayan’s enthusiasm to return to the hotseat.

Poyet would relish another post in the Premier League, but is also open to managing on the Continent after spells in Spain and France during his playing days.

“I think first of all, I would like to stay in England and of course the Premier League is the maximum,” he said.

“Unfortunately in football, to get a job another manager needs to lose his position which is not nice.

“But then I am open to Europe as well.

“I think it would be a great experience to use the qualities I have been learning in England, somewhere else in Europe.”

Despite clashing with Sunderland sporting director Lee Congerton, Poyet has refrained from criticising the club since his sacking - releasing a statement through the League Managers Association last month in which he thanked chairman Ellis Short for the opportunity at the Stadium of Light.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Poyet again looked back positively on his time on Wearside, where he steered Sunderland to their first cup final in 22 years, Premier League safety and three successive derby wins.

He added: “You are not expecting to get sacked. You are not thinking about it. You are just doing your job.

“But I was very proud to be there and we did terrific things.

“It was more than what it looked like from last year, but unfortunately it was not to be.

“Unfortunately results take the job from you.”