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Poyet: 'I can keep Sunderland in the Premier League'
NEW manager Gustavo Poyet believes he can keep Sunderland in the Premier League this season after holding his first press conference at the Academy of Light this afternoon.
The 45-year-old has taken over a team sitting bottom of the table after collecting just one point from the opening seven games this season.
But he is convinced Sunderland have the squad capable of climbing up the table under his guidance after chairman Ellis Short opted to appoint him two weeks after Paolo Di Canio's sacking.
Poyet, who has signed a two-year deal, said: “I had to wait for the chairman to make a decision and then embrace it. It is going to be difficult. If you look at the table from the weekend, it's not nice.
“It makes me committed I want to do the right things. The best managers make the best decisions. Time will tell. I am convinced we have a big chance of staying in the Premier League.
“This squad has plenty different type of players. There are different options everywhere across the pitch. I have to agree on a way to play first, the right one. The players need to open up their mind and be receptive. The sooner we get connected it will be easier.”
Poyet, the former Brighton manager, also spoke of a determination to deliver for Sunderland supporters starved of major silverware since 1973's FA Cup triumph.
He said: “The fans want to be proud for the team. Every Sunderland fan wants their team to win a cup in the next few years. We have to try to give them something to be proud of. First of all we have to get this team winning football matches.”
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