Poyet planning shake-up

Gus Poyet will look at freshening up his Sunderland squad in January, but admits picking up points is the focus for now.

Last Updated: 09/12/13 at 11:55 Post Comment

Gus Poyet: Will look at tweaking Sunderland squad in January

Gus Poyet: Will look at tweaking Sunderland squad in January

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Black Cats embarked on an elaborate spending spree over the summer, with former boss Paolo Di Canio bringing in 14 fresh faces.

Sweeping changes have had a detrimental effect, with Di Canio now out of a job and Sunderland rooted to the foot of the Premier League table - five points from safety.

Poyet believes further tweaks will be required during the winter transfer window if the tide is to be turned and has revealed that the acquisition process is already well under way.

He told the Sunderland Echo: "I'm working on changing things in January, that's for sure. But that doesn't affect my thinking about now.

"There are things going on behind the scenes in terms of the transfer window - that hasn't changed - and I'm confident they will happen.

"How big the changes will be, I don't know just yet.

"But we need results now, in our next few games, and it is about personality and attitude - about winning the ball, using it well and winning it back."

While working on a winter shake-up at the Stadium of Light, the immediate priority for Poyet is finding a way to cut out the errors which continue to cost Sunderland dear.

He added: "There is a gap between us and the other teams, so we need to be spot on.

"That means us making good decisions - no own goals, no conceding silly goals - in other words, do the basics right for the 94 minutes of the game week in, week out.

"Me? I keep coaching and I will be hammering them again this week. You have to learn quick here or you have a hole in the head because I will be hammering away at you.

"Is there another way? I don't think so.

"The problem we have is that the team is not strong enough to understand exactly what we need to do all the way through the game.

"Football is about more than running up and down, it is about working together."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

h ha ha, excellent. Let's hope he goes on the run. Then they hunt piggy down for scoffing all the apples. At least he's done something right - he has united football fans, regardless of who they support, against FIFA and all those at the top who have been bleeding the game for their own means and giving nothing back.

GVMUFC
Blatter 'under investigation'

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

Footer 365

Rafa Benitez named new coach of Real Madrid

Rafa Benitez has been confirmed as the new coach of Real Madrid on a three-year contract.

Michel Platini postpones UEFA meeting after Sepp Blatter quits

UEFA has postponed a Champions League meeting after Sepp Blatter announced his intention to resign as FIFA president.

Mourinho 'not interested' in Griezmann

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has ruled out making a move for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann this summer.

Mail Box

Celebrate Good Times, But Hard Work Starts Now

The Mailbox is joyous over the impending departure of Sepp Blatter, but offers a reminder that problems remain. Plus title winners, CL play-offs and Nigel Adkins...

Liverpool 2015 Feels Like Liverpool 2011...

One Mailer says Benteke = Carroll, Bellamy = Milner and Clyne = Downing. Plus we have U21 Euro impatience, farewell Rio, Rafa Benitez, Milner, FIFA and title play-offs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company