Sunderland boss Poyet seeks good working relationship with Congerton

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet
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GUS POYET insists it is crucial that he is on the same page with new Sunderland sporting director Lee Congerton.

Former Hamburg technical director Congerton was appointed as the successor to the sacked Roberto De Fanti earlier this week, with the brief of overseeing Sunderland’s player recruitment and scouting system.

The Echo understands the highly-regarded Congerton turned down approaches from five clubs to join Sunderland – including Ukrainian outfit Metalist Kharkiv and at least one Premier League side.

Head coach Poyet was consulted over the possibility of approaching the Welshman after the initial recruitment process and gave a firm thumbs-up to the 40-year-old.

But the Sunderland head coach says that if the pair are to form an effective working relationship, they need to have a mutual understanding of which players the Black Cats need to target in the transfer market.

Poyet told the Echo: “The club made a decision, but I was only involved at the last stage.

“I met Lee for the first time this week and I am looking forward to working with him,

“The more he understands me, the better for the club. If not, it’s not going to work!

“From my point of view, it’s clear – I know what I need and my information is very precise.

“When I ask for a player, I don’t just want someone who is 6ft 3in and can head the ball – there are 250,000 people like that – I want a specific player.

“That is going to be hard work – that’s the only bad part for Lee!

“But I will be specific, so it should be easy for him.”

Sunderland’s first director of football, De Fanti, was sacked in January just six months into the job after a questionable summer recruitment drive which saw 14 new players brought to the Stadium of Light.

But Poyet says he had no problem with the departed Italian or the director of football system.

“I think it’s something that should be there,” said Poyet about a managerial structure which he was happy to work under at former club Brighton too.

“And it’s a good time to say that I didn’t have one single problem with Roberto De Fanti.

“There were no discussions, no fights. We were working together and the decision that was made was to do with things that happened before I arrived here.”

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