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Short takes the blame for Sunderland's failings
SUNDERLAND chairman Ellis Short has used his programme notes ahead of today's Wear-Tyne derby to accept full responsibility for the club's dreadful start to the season.
Their dreadful form resulted in the departure of former boss Paolo Di Canio, and the appointment of Gustavo Poyet, who takes charge of his second game as Sunderland boss this afternoon.
Short said: "With the euphoria from our successful survival fight at the end of last season and the optimism surrounding our pre-season, we could never have imagined in our worst nightmare being in the position we are in now.
"The club has been in turmoil as a result of the change of head coach so early in the season. I have to take the blame for that.
"Clearly at least one of the decisions I made over the last several months was the wrong one.
"I believe this period of uncertainty is now over with the appointment of Gus Poyet.
"Gus' challenge at Sunderland is to establish stability, get what I consider to be a good squad of players together as a cohesive unit and to begin fighting our way back up the table. This will have to be a steady, one game at a time recovery."
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