GUS Poyet says Sunderland’s lame defeat at Hull City last weekend has made his mind up about several of his squad.
And that admission could signal the end of several players’ time at the club this summer.
The Black Cats’ boss was clearly fuming after the hurtful loss at the KC Stadium last Sunday which denied his side an immediate return.
And today, the first time he has spoken to the Press since the loss, he was still unhappy.
The head coach has faced criticism for making changes to the side which performed so disappointingly in the FA Cup quarter-final tie.
But as far as the Uruguayan is concerned, his players simply needed to deliver a lot more than they did against the Tigers.
Reflecting on a display that he called “weak” at the time, he said: “I have to say that it has helped make my mind up about a few things.
“I already had things settled in my mind about how I felt about the squad.
“But the Hull game only produced more evidence to confirm that I was right about how I feel.
“There were too many ‘5-out-of-10s’ in the game from us and if you are going up to go up against Premier League opposition you can’t have that.
“You need a minimum of ‘7-out-of-10s, from your players, eights, nines and we didn’t produce that.
“There were plenty of players who felt they should have started the final at Wembley but didn’t.
“Against Hull, many of them had a chance to make a really strong point, and no-one did.”
Poyet made six changes to the side which played so well at Wembley with Ignacio Scocco, Santiago Vergini, Oscar Ustari, Andrea Dossena and Emanuele Giaccherini and Steven Fletcher.