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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet insisted he needs more quality as he launched a thinly-veiled attack on the recruitment policy at the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats ensured Premier League survival with a late surge last season and looked to strengthen in the summer as they signed the likes of Jack Rodwell, Jordi Gomez and Ricky Alvarez.
– Sunderland manager Gus Poyet
I want more quality. Do I think I'll get it? I don't know.
You know what is missing. It is clear what we need to do. That is down to recruitment.
I am a head coach. I am not going to be a head coach when it suits people and a manager when it doesn't. That side of it is down to recruitment.
So, if you ever get the chance to speak to anyone on the recruitment side and ask them about it, you are lucky. If you don't, don't ask me.
Striker Connor Wickham has signed a new four-year deal with Sunderland.
The England Under-21 international, whose five goals in three games in April played a major part in keeping the Black Cats in the Barclays Premier League, was due to be out of contract in the summer.