Gus Poyet says he will have no problems working alongside Sunderland’s under-fire director of football Roberto De Fanti.
Poyet penned a two-year deal to become head coach at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday morning, but his appointment will not spell the end of the Continental-style structure put in place by Ellis Short this year.
That means De Fanti, who was the driving force behind Sunderland’s much-vaunted summer “revolution”, remains in overall charge of player recruitment and brokering deals for any incoming and outgoing players.
However, Poyet insists he is fine with not having ultimate control of transfers – and believes De Fanti is the right man to deliver top recruits to Wearside.
With the new-look team failing to win any of their first eight matches and the dismissal of Paolo Di Canio, the credentials of the former football agent have come under intense scrutiny.
Poyet, though, says he comes into his new club fully aware of both the structure and the personalities that he will encounter in his new job.
He said: “I have no worries (about the structure). When everyone works for the same aim and the good of the club. I need Roberto and I need Roberto to do well for me because the better Roberto does the better players I get.”
For the new appointment to work, Poyet will have to work closely with De Fanti and it probably helps the former Brighton boss was the Italian’s pick at the start of the recruitment process.
It took owner Short a little while to do due diligence on Poyet and the other candidates, but eventually he concurred with De Fanti’s pick and confirmed the new man on Tuesday.
That augurs well for one of the key relationships at the football club.
While Di Canio did not fall out with De Fanti, tensions emerged when Sunderland failed to land the English playmaker the former boss had identified as key to his playing style.
Poyet is aware that, while he will be consulted in the transfer process, it will not – ultimately – be his call on who Sunderland buy while he is in charge. He added: “I think it’s a relationship.
“You have to explain to him exactly what you want and for him to look for them.
“I cannot do this job. I mean, the big ones (players) I see every weekend but to find others - well, someone needs to do it. This is our recruitment system.
“We will sit down, discuss the qualities of the players and then the club needs to make the decision on the financials. Then you are coming to the conclusion on the targets. I think that’s fair and I’m happy with it.”
Poyet will be given a modest transfer budget in January but will be expected to integrate many of the players who were left out under Di Canio.
That is likely to mean a clean slate for the likes of Cabral, who has struggled to settle at Sunderland.
Midfielder Lee Cattermole is expected to retain his key role in the team.