Gus Poyet assumes transfer control after Roberto De Fanti's exit

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has spoken about his changing role in the wake of Roberto De Fanti's sacking

Tom Dulat/Getty Images Sunderland boss Gus Poyet
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet

Gus Poyet says he has assumed control over transfers in the wake of Roberto De Fanti’s sacking.

The Sunderland boss admits his role has changed to become more of a traditional manager’s job, with transfer powers now deferred to him in the wake of De Fanti’s exit over the weekend.

The Black Cats intend to stick with the structure put in place over the summer in the long-term but, for January at least, Poyet has consolidated his control over transfer matters at the Stadium of Light. Both Santiago Vergini and Oscar Ustari, the two latest signings of the summer window, are Poyet picks.

Poyet said: “I was involved in the opinions and the decisions about players before, but Roberto De Fanti was doing his job.

“Now we are doing it a little bit different – sharing a little bit more responsibility. I am doing a bit more work. It is maybe the difference between being a head coach and a manager. I am half and half now.

“We need to cover the situation and get on with it.

“My phone has been a bit more busy than last week but I have no problem with that.

“We will see how we manage to finish the transfer window.”

Poyet clinched a deal for Almeria goalkeeper Ustari yesterday and is set to include him on the bench at Old Trafford. The Sunderland boss says he will act as cover for Vito Mannone, who has been one of the revelations of the season.

The Black Cats boss added: “The idea was to have a goalkeeper in for the first game against Manchester United but that did not happen.

“With respect to all goalkeepers who are available they all want to play, which is natural, and I couldn’t promise that because of the form of Vito, I was honest. Situations fell away because of that. So when Oscar became available and was happy to come we went to the limit and everyone at the club has been incredible to get that done.

“We were struggling to get it done in time but we got it down with the doc and everyone got it completed.”

Meanwhile, Vergini will also be included at Old Trafford after completing a loan switch on Monday. Poyet confirmed he will make his debut against Kidderminster.

He said: “I have known Santiago for practically a year and a half now. I have followed him carefully, I have been watching his team.

“He will bring experience, a winning mentality – he won the league last year in Argentina – and he is starting to get involved with the national team.

“He’s a good character, a proper Argentinian defender. He is big, which is good for England and he can pass the ball so he hs everything to be a success in England. It will depend on the way we play how he adapts but it will be great for us.”

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