Saints warned off Poyet

Gus Poyet

Gus Poyet

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Sunderland have issued a "hands-off" warning to Southampton as the Saints start the search for a new manager.

Mauricio Pochettino's departure from the St Mary's Stadium for Tottenham, which was confirmed on Tuesday evening, prompted a whirlwind of speculation over who is to succeed him, and Poyet's name was among those in the mix.

Murat Yakin and Ronald Koeman were being quoted as the bookmakers' favourites, but Poyet's odds were slashed overnight.

However, Press Association Sport understands the Wearside club will resist any attempt to lure the 46-year-old Uruguayan back to the South Coast, where he enjoyed a successful spell with Brighton before an acrimonious departure and his subsequent move to Sunderland, who he guided to Premier League safety.

Poyet's stock has risen markedly in recent months after he replaced Paolo Di Canio at the Stadium of Light with the club having collected just a single point from its first seven games prior to his arrival.

Remarkably he took them to the Capital One Cup final, where they were eventually beaten by Manchester City after taking a shock lead.

However, the Black Cats looked destined to return to the Football League when they found themselves seven points adrift at the foot of the table with just six games left to play, only to mount a remarkable fightback which saw them take seven points from trips to City, Chelsea and Manchester United on the way to a 14th-placed finish.

After the turmoil of the Di Canio era, Poyet's approach has provided a breath of fresh air, although there remains an element of uncertainty over his future.

There was disquiet in the boardroom over his assertion that the perennial fight for survival might suggest that there was something wrong within the club beyond the powers of successive managers, and as he celebrated what he referred to as "the greatest escape", his future remained the main topic for debate.

Speaking after a final day defeat by Swansea, Poyet said: "Now I will have a meeting with the chairman because it's natural, natural because yes, I want to know where we are going, if it's possible not to make the same mistakes that we have made in the last couple of years because I don't wasn't to go through another year like this one.

"It's natural, it's natural. There are teams who start the season and the aim is to stay up, so 12th to 17th.

"Are we that team? I don't know. Or are we gong to go for the top 10 in a better way?"

At the same time, Poyet, who expressed his admiration for the Saints last season, insisted he expected still to be in charge at the start of the new campaign, and he and director of football Lee Congerton are busily working on their transfer targets as they attempt to avoid the mistakes made 12 months ago.

It is understood there is little appetite for change either within the hierarchy and that owner Ellis Short is prepared to fight to hang on to a head coach who is understandably hugely popular with the fans.

Despite the speculation, it was business as usual for Poyet and Congerton on Wednesday as they completed their first summer signing by landing out-of-contract West Brom defender Billy Jones on a four-year-deal.

Significantly, the 27-year-old, who will formally join the club on July 1, is British and has top-flight experience in this country, combined attributes none of last summer's 14 signings could boast.

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10:59am Wed 28 May 14

Just another reader says...

He's the last man I'd like to see in charge.
He's the last man I'd like to see in charge. Just another reader
  • Score: 8

10:59am Wed 28 May 14

saintmicky says...

NO!
NO! saintmicky
  • Score: 13

11:01am Wed 28 May 14

notaclue says...

Rather drink acid!
Rather drink acid! notaclue
  • Score: 8

11:11am Wed 28 May 14

batesieboy says...

No real need for any other comments, is there?!
No real need for any other comments, is there?! batesieboy
  • Score: 4

11:17am Wed 28 May 14

Rednose says...

See no evil, ear no evil, speak no evil from the guys above. He's done well at Brighton and Sunderland with what he's had available. He certainly bonds the team. Not my first choice and I don't think he'll be the boards. I have full belief in our board will make a good choice. Oh no offence intended to the first three posters above. Just the way I read the comments.
See no evil, ear no evil, speak no evil from the guys above. He's done well at Brighton and Sunderland with what he's had available. He certainly bonds the team. Not my first choice and I don't think he'll be the boards. I have full belief in our board will make a good choice. Oh no offence intended to the first three posters above. Just the way I read the comments. Rednose
  • Score: 3

11:25am Wed 28 May 14

Electrostar says...

Rednose wrote:
See no evil, ear no evil, speak no evil from the guys above. He's done well at Brighton and Sunderland with what he's had available. He certainly bonds the team. Not my first choice and I don't think he'll be the boards. I have full belief in our board will make a good choice. Oh no offence intended to the first three posters above. Just the way I read the comments.
Agree Rednose and he would be a far better bet than Malky, McClaren, Hughton, Lennon any any of the other no-hopers that the press think we are suited to.

Need someone like Yakin though
[quote][p][bold]Rednose[/bold] wrote: See no evil, ear no evil, speak no evil from the guys above. He's done well at Brighton and Sunderland with what he's had available. He certainly bonds the team. Not my first choice and I don't think he'll be the boards. I have full belief in our board will make a good choice. Oh no offence intended to the first three posters above. Just the way I read the comments.[/p][/quote]Agree Rednose and he would be a far better bet than Malky, McClaren, Hughton, Lennon any any of the other no-hopers that the press think we are suited to. Need someone like Yakin though Electrostar
  • Score: 10

11:29am Wed 28 May 14

alanrr says...

wouldn't want him thanks
wouldn't want him thanks alanrr
  • Score: 5

11:53am Wed 28 May 14

jls217 says...

On the times I've heard him interviewed he's struck me as a sincere, straight talking individual who has the necessary attributes to make a success of management.

His name does not spring to my mind as being my ideal man for the job but if the board (who will have far more info avail to them than we posting on here could have) make a decision to ask after him, I'd be content to give him the thumbs up until he proved otherwise deserving.
On the times I've heard him interviewed he's struck me as a sincere, straight talking individual who has the necessary attributes to make a success of management. His name does not spring to my mind as being my ideal man for the job but if the board (who will have far more info avail to them than we posting on here could have) make a decision to ask after him, I'd be content to give him the thumbs up until he proved otherwise deserving. jls217
  • Score: -2

12:17pm Wed 28 May 14

costa gaz says...

Wouldn't mind Poyet, however his loyalty is something to be considered, if he was prepared to dump Sunderland after such a short time, who's to say he wouldn't do the same to us should he become a success.
Wouldn't mind Poyet, however his loyalty is something to be considered, if he was prepared to dump Sunderland after such a short time, who's to say he wouldn't do the same to us should he become a success. costa gaz
  • Score: -2

12:40pm Wed 28 May 14

jls217 says...

costa gaz wrote:
Wouldn't mind Poyet, however his loyalty is something to be considered, if he was prepared to dump Sunderland after such a short time, who's to say he wouldn't do the same to us should he become a success.
Good point and one I missed. Forget him then.
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Wouldn't mind Poyet, however his loyalty is something to be considered, if he was prepared to dump Sunderland after such a short time, who's to say he wouldn't do the same to us should he become a success.[/p][/quote]Good point and one I missed. Forget him then. jls217
  • Score: 1

1:14pm Wed 28 May 14

Rising_Son says...

jls217 wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Wouldn't mind Poyet, however his loyalty is something to be considered, if he was prepared to dump Sunderland after such a short time, who's to say he wouldn't do the same to us should he become a success.
Good point and one I missed. Forget him then.
That means we should only go for unemployed managers.
[quote][p][bold]jls217[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Wouldn't mind Poyet, however his loyalty is something to be considered, if he was prepared to dump Sunderland after such a short time, who's to say he wouldn't do the same to us should he become a success.[/p][/quote]Good point and one I missed. Forget him then.[/p][/quote]That means we should only go for unemployed managers. Rising_Son
  • Score: 0

1:54pm Wed 28 May 14

costa gaz says...

Rising_Son wrote:
jls217 wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Wouldn't mind Poyet, however his loyalty is something to be considered, if he was prepared to dump Sunderland after such a short time, who's to say he wouldn't do the same to us should he become a success.
Good point and one I missed. Forget him then.
That means we should only go for unemployed managers.
Not at all rising, but the fact that he's only been at SAFC for a couple of months might tell us something.

Koeman is now the clear favourite, had some decent opportunities but has not exactly set the world alight.... it's a NO for me i'm afraid.
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jls217[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Wouldn't mind Poyet, however his loyalty is something to be considered, if he was prepared to dump Sunderland after such a short time, who's to say he wouldn't do the same to us should he become a success.[/p][/quote]Good point and one I missed. Forget him then.[/p][/quote]That means we should only go for unemployed managers.[/p][/quote]Not at all rising, but the fact that he's only been at SAFC for a couple of months might tell us something. Koeman is now the clear favourite, had some decent opportunities but has not exactly set the world alight.... it's a NO for me i'm afraid. costa gaz
  • Score: 0

1:59pm Wed 28 May 14

Rudolf Hucker says...

NOTICE TO ALL SUNDERLAND FANS....YOU CAN KEEP HIM !!
According to Palace fans, he hasn't been potty trained yet, and we want a manager at SFC, not a chimp.
NOTICE TO ALL SUNDERLAND FANS....YOU CAN KEEP HIM !! According to Palace fans, he hasn't been potty trained yet, and we want a manager at SFC, not a chimp. Rudolf Hucker
  • Score: 7

2:11pm Wed 28 May 14

saint christopher says...

Wouldn't think he was a good fit for us at all.

However it's interesting to compare Sunderland's preemptive rebuff of any approach with our board's imitation of a doormat.
Wouldn't think he was a good fit for us at all. However it's interesting to compare Sunderland's preemptive rebuff of any approach with our board's imitation of a doormat. saint christopher
  • Score: 2

2:13pm Wed 28 May 14

jls217 says...

Rising_Son wrote:
jls217 wrote:
costa gaz wrote:
Wouldn't mind Poyet, however his loyalty is something to be considered, if he was prepared to dump Sunderland after such a short time, who's to say he wouldn't do the same to us should he become a success.
Good point and one I missed. Forget him then.
That means we should only go for unemployed managers.
Another good point - this is all getting confusing - my brain hurts.
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jls217[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Wouldn't mind Poyet, however his loyalty is something to be considered, if he was prepared to dump Sunderland after such a short time, who's to say he wouldn't do the same to us should he become a success.[/p][/quote]Good point and one I missed. Forget him then.[/p][/quote]That means we should only go for unemployed managers.[/p][/quote]Another good point - this is all getting confusing - my brain hurts. jls217
  • Score: 3

2:53pm Wed 28 May 14

elvis says...

Should Kruger employ any of the deadbeats above he may as well **ss off & go duck hunting with Rupert !!
Should Kruger employ any of the deadbeats above he may as well **ss off & go duck hunting with Rupert !! elvis
  • Score: 3

4:19pm Wed 28 May 14

costa gaz says...

Now Yakin has come in to 2/1, The more I read and hear about this man the more I like.
Is the fact that he resigned fron FC Basel only a week before pochettino left us a coincidence?
Now Yakin has come in to 2/1, The more I read and hear about this man the more I like. Is the fact that he resigned fron FC Basel only a week before pochettino left us a coincidence? costa gaz
  • Score: 3

5:23pm Wed 28 May 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

I would sooner dance with the Weirdos in Brighton!
I would sooner dance with the Weirdos in Brighton! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: -3

5:55pm Wed 28 May 14

Big Mac says...

Waste of time considering Poyat, he's holding on for the Spurs job; won't be too long before the revoling doors of **** Hart Lane are in a spin again.
Waste of time considering Poyat, he's holding on for the Spurs job; won't be too long before the revoling doors of **** Hart Lane are in a spin again. Big Mac
  • Score: 1

6:40pm Wed 28 May 14

Saintly Sam says...

Plenty of managers around who are better than him, we need a stayer, someone who won't do a MoPo as soon as another club opens it's wallet.
Plenty of managers around who are better than him, we need a stayer, someone who won't do a MoPo as soon as another club opens it's wallet. Saintly Sam
  • Score: 1

8:13pm Wed 28 May 14

jls217 says...

Okay after much deliberation I have decided I'd like either Moyes or Rosler.
Okay after much deliberation I have decided I'd like either Moyes or Rosler. jls217
  • Score: -2

10:38am Thu 29 May 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

NO Poyet , NO Moyes , NO Lennon. We are bigger and BETTER than what any of these can offer
NO Poyet , NO Moyes , NO Lennon. We are bigger and BETTER than what any of these can offer SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 0

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