Decision is done and it’s Gus Poyet who stands confidently over the trapdoor that is our managerial post. Many already languish in the pit below with tarnished reputations – experienced or not, it seems nobody can do this job. So is this the all too familiar false dawn or is there a genuine chance for this bloke?
It is not surprising given the farcical dealings of our club that this appointment has been met widely with scepticism. Personally I feel I am running pretty low on optimism after Martin O’Neill and Paolo Di Canio’s tenures but don’t be fooled by comparisons with the last man fail in our hot seat.
Poyet may seem like he was broken from the same mould as the destructive Di Canio – but other than a huge dose of self-lust the similarities are few and far between. PDC never promised pretty football, in fact he promised very different citing direct, purposeful attacking play which we saw too few examples of. Poyet however is part of a growing breed of managers whose philosophy is bound by patience and, despite looking impressive, is based around some of the most basic of footballing ideals. Pass and move, don’t lose it, don’t concede. Purely looking at our shortfalls this back to basics approach could well be the making of us as a team. It might mean John O’Shea gets dropped too – if true it is worth the appointment alone just for that!
Conflicting reports regarding his temperament and treatment of his players are both similar and totally different to PDC’s approach depending on who you believe. His mysterious exit from Brighton & Hove Albion raises the eyebrow and it’s the unknown quantities he brings which form my biggest apprehensions. We’ve only just put out a huge blaze and if we are not careful we are going to burn the whole place to the ground – and rebuild from the Championship.
It would be completely naïve of any Sunderland fan not to consider relegation a possibility. We are almost a fifth of the way through the season and six points adrift at the bottom with an awful goal difference. Despite being such an early stage of the season we already need some serious rescuing. Poyet’s football may well be an alluring modicum of survival – whether he has the temperament and we have the players to pull it off are going to be the aspects which determine our fate.
I think he will pull it off, safety that is - but this is bound to be a Short term appointment. Strategically placed capital letter there, hope you enjoyed it!