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Making a winning start would mean the world to Poyet
HIS mission to save Sunderland from relegation starts here – and Gus Poyet admits tonight will be the best night of his life if he leads his struggling side to victory over Swansea City.
Poyet takes charge of his first game at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon knowing a win would be the first step towards steering the Black Cats away from the bottom three.
It will be the Uruguayan’s first opportunity to showcase himself as a Premier League manager, but he hasn’t had the easiest of starts with the international break getting in the way of his plans.
Nine first-team players have been away for the majority, if not all, of Poyet’s short reign and that has meant little time to get his message across ahead of this afternoon’s crucial game.
It will also be the former Chelsea midfielder’s first game in charge of a team since the end of last season and Poyet admits it is good to be back.
“It's been good in one sense and crazy in another because there have been so many things to sort out, but on the training pitch is where I like to be, I'm that kind of person.
“I like preparing everything, coaching everything and being out there coaching and analysing things. I even like dealing with the press!
“If we win on Saturday it will probably be the best night of my life.”
Poyet admits to spending more or less every waking hour at the club’s training ground since he was appointed, but the Black Cats boss revealed he has already had a chance to meet some fans.
And having seen the passion and enthusiasm from supporters, Poyet admits meeting them has only spurred him on even more in his quest to guide Sunderland away from trouble.
Having watched their side struggling this season with some well below-par performances, the 45-year-old admits it is now time he and the squad started repaying their support.
“Yes (had a chance to meet some supporters), in restaurants, they've been very supportive, they've been like 'come on!' (Poyet adopts almost begging tone) please let's win a football game'.
“They're not asking for a lot, they're just asking for a win, which is fair enough and we should be good enough to do that.
“I'm always a fair person, we ask the fans to stick with the team in tough times, and I know they will. It's up to us to give that back with a good result, a win that they can go back home and talk for a week about how good we were and how good we played.
“I promise we will give that support back to the fans if they stick with us through the tough times.”
With the Wear-Tyne derby just eight days away, Poyet admits it has been the subject of conversation for many people he was met and the new Sunderland boss revealed he has already been on enemy territory.
Asked if he’d been out to eat in Newcastle, Poyet replied: “Yes, one time. I was in hiding, though!”
Whilst getting his side ready to face Swansea, Poyet has also been trying to find somewhere to live, but he revealed it hasn’t bee easy.
He said: “I've been looking all over for a place to live as well and it's difficult. Apparently there are more people than flats. It's been difficult so I'm chasing that although I didn't have time to do anything on that, I don't think the estate agent will open especially for me on a Sunday. Maybe? Not in Newcastle, anyway!”
“When you're looking for somewhere to live, you see a photo of it, you like it but when you get there you hate it. Then you start again but somewhere is too far away, and somewhere else is too close but the sooner we settle down, the better. Then we can start to relax.”
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