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Ex-Sunderland manager says job description was beat Newcastle United and avoid relegation

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This was a period of time (in)famous for two things where Newcastle United and Sunderland were concerned.

However, his first home game was against Alan Pardew’s Newcastle… Speaking about his appointment, Gus Poyet says: ‘I was taken to Sunderland to avoid relegation and to beat Newcastle.



I was taken to Sunderland to avoid relegation and to beat Newcastle.



We avoided relegation, and we beat Newcastle every time we played them.’ Sure enough, Pardew and Newcastle gifted Gus Poyet and Sunderland a 2-1 win and then on 1 February it was a 3-0 home humiliation at St James Park.

We avoided relegation, and we beat Newcastle every time we played them.

Of particular  interest are his comments on his time at Sunderland, where Gus Poyet lasted just over 17 months.

The other thing being a steady supply of points contributed by Newcastle United ended up being the difference between Sunderland staying up, rather than going down (no surprise they were eventually relegated when Newcastle were in the Championship…).
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