Sunderland will host Chelsea at the Stadium of Light this evening.
Gus Poyet has been handed the task of dragging Sunderland out of relegation trouble after being named as Paolo Di Canio's successor
Gus Poyet's career to date
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says he's wary of the threat Stoke City pose ahead of his side's trip to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
The Uruguayan said: "They're looking for something and if it clicks on the day, they've got the players and the group to be really intimidating. Lets hope they don't click this weekend."
Sunderland Head Coach Gus Poyet hopes his side can build on last weekend's Wear-Tyne derby win when they travel to Hull City on Saturday.
However, Poyet says Hull's Premier League record this season proves they are "difficult to beat"
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says he's "very happy" after his side beat Newcastle United 2-1 in today's Wear-Tyne derby.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says this Sunday's Wear-Tyne derby is the "perfect game to start winning".
The Uruguayan will be taking charge of his first home game as the Black Cats host the Newcastle at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has indicated he could make changes to his side for next weekend's Wear-Tyne derby after yesterday's Premier League defeat to Swansea City.
Despite a positive first-half performance, the Black Cats were beaten 4-0 with all four goals coming in the second-half at the Liberty Stadium.
Speaking after the match, the Uruguayan said: ""I thought I picked the right team in the first half. Now, if you ask me if I did, I'm not sure.
"They gave me a chance. Sometimes I ask the players to do the opposite; 'Don't give the manager chance to change it. Don't give the manager chance to pick somebody else'. Unfortunately they gave me the chance to do it.
"Now it's becoming serious. It's a derby, it's at home, we're without a win so it should be then. That's the time to start."
Sunderland host rivals Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light next Sunday.
Newly appointed Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is less than 48 hours from taking charge of his first match for the club.
The Uruguayan hasn't met all his players yet because many have been away on international duty. But the majority of Sunderland's squad trained this morning, including one or two unexpected faces.
New Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says he wants to "forget" past incidents involving Phil Bardsley and insists the defender still has a future at the club.
The 28-year-old fell out of favour under previous manager Paolo Di Canio. Bardsley was dropped from the Sunderland squad after a much-publicised incident at a casino. He then landed himself in more trouble when he mocked the club's opening day defeat to Fulham on Twitter.
However, Poyet says he will give the Scotland International the chance to prove himself. He said: "I made a decision with my staff, with the club and also with Phil that we will give him a chance."
He added: "I think it's important that we all try to forget about that [what previously happened] and we'll see how he reacts. I hope he can be one of the best players out there."
Sunderland Boss Gus Poyet wants his players to make a fresh start as he prepares for his first game in charge of the Black Cats.
The Uruguayan still hasn't met his whole squad, as 9 of them have been away on international duty over the past week, but the majority were training at the Academy of Light this morning (October 17).
Sunderland are bottom of the premier league after seven games of the season. Poyet says the trip to Swansea City represents a new beginning for everyone at the club.