Gus Poyet expects to be with Sunderland next season

Black Cats boss Gus Poyet has already met Sunderland owner Ellis Short, with further talks planned

Paul Thomas/Getty Images Gus Poyet manager of Sunderland
Gus Poyet manager of Sunderland

Gus Poyet says he expects to be in charge of Sunderland for the start of next season, but admits further meetings are planned with owner Ellis Short.

The head coach revealed he and Short met yesterday in the lead-up to his side’s 3-1 defeat to Swansea, a result which ensured the Black Cats finished the season at 14th in the Premier League table.

Playing down the fact the pair are getting round the table, the Uruguayan said: “Every manager in every team in the world has a meeting with the chairman at the end of the season, whether they win the league, go down, come up, finish in the middle, with contract or without contract.

“Every now and then when a manager says they are meeting you all (the media) start saying he is leaving, he is not happy or there is a problem there. It is natural, but I will have a meeting with the chairman and I hope you all understand what I have just said before that and don’t change my words because it is not right.

“Yes, I want to know where we are going and to see if it is possible not to make the same mistakes we have made in the two years. I don’t want to go through another year like this one.

“I already had a meeting today, in fact. I don’t know if he is going to be happy I said that, but I saw him today. We will sit down again after my break, probably more fresh after resting a little bit.”

Asked if he expected to still be in charge when the 2014-15 season kicks off, Poyet answered in much shorter fashion, saying a simple “yes”.

Having already planned the summer’s training and pre-season matches, he was open about the business yet to be done in shaping the Black Cats’ squad.

Poyet added: “I like to plan and pre-season is done, which is great news. Friendly games, everything.

“We have talked to all the players who are out of contract and they know where we stand.

“We are going to start negotiating now and depending on those negotiations you need more players or less.

“Maybe at first we try to keep the ones we know because you know what you are going to get, and that is important for me.

“Eight players are finished with their contracts and three are due to go back to their teams.

“Do I want another 11 players?

“No, I don’t, but we will see.

“We are going to make an announcement to the players we are going to release and we are going to have a few chats.

“It is a negotiation and a player who has finished his contract and plays week in, week out – he can have a few options.

“That is natural and the players and their agents are going to take those options.

“We are looking to have conversations with three or four at least and then we will see.”

Given a warm reception by the club’s supporters as he and his players paraded around the field following yesterday’s defeat, Poyet said: “I asked a lot of the fans this year and now my challenge is to give a lot. For this, we need to be a better team.

“Every team in the Premier League might say that, but I hope we can do it.”


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