Poyet in at Black Cats

Gus Poyet has been handed the task of dragging Sunderland out of relegation trouble after being named as Paolo Di Canio's successor

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Poyet quashes rumours of his Sunderland departure

Sunderland Head Coach Gus Poyet has dismissed rumours surrounding his future at the club.

Speculation emerged on social media that the Uruguayan had left the Black Cats. But speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday's Premier League clash with Manchester City, he said: "I'm still here".

Poyet was also quizzed over his recent comments about the club's underlying "problem".

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Sunderland boss Gus Poyet expects 'no favours' from former Spurs team-mate

Gus Poyet Credit: PA

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet will return to former club Tottenham expecting no favours from old friend Tim Sherwood.

The 46-year-old Uruguayan spent three years at White Hart Lane as a player and had a spell there as a coach too before launching his managerial career.

He played in the same Spurs side as current manager Tim Sherwood, a man he hopes is given the chance to make his mark on the team amid speculation that a replacement is already being lined up.

However, he knows will receive no sympathy from his one-time team-mate as he looks for the victory he so desperately needs to give the Black Cats renewed hope that they can out of Premier League relegation trouble.

Poyet said: "No chance. From Tim Sherwood? No, no, no, no favours."

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Poyet says Ji situation "wasn't easy" for Sunderland

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says the situation surrounding Ji Dong-won "wasn't easy" for the club.

The Black Cats have been fined by the Football Association for playing the South Korean earlier in the season without international clearance. The club said in a statement the issue was a result of a "technical fault".

The 22-year-old is now with German side FC Augsburg and is joining Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

Poyet tells SAFC players to defend the club

Sunderland AFC's Premier League survival hopes suffered another blow when they lost at home to West Ham. The opening goal was scored by former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll. West Ham doubled their lead in the second half when Mohamed Diami's shot deflected in.

Adam Johnson gave Sunderland fans some hope when he reduced the arrears. But it was too little too late.

"The bravest teams will stay up this season"

Sunderland's Head Coach Gus Poyet believes only the strong will survive the Premier League's closest relegation battle in years.

The Black Cats are third from the bottom of the table and face another vital game away to Norwich City on Saturday. The bottom ten teams are all still in danger.

Poyet believes bravery is the key to survival this season.

"I think that's going to be the main thing, from now to the end of the season. I think the team that is more brave as a team, which means most individuals, is going to be the one that is going to stay up.

"I am pretty sure because the difference between the teams is very little. So the idea here is to maintain that level of concentration all the time and be the team who is the bravest from the bottom ten."

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