It was announced earlier today that former Chelsea and Tottenham forward and Brighton manager Gus Poyet will be the new manager of Sunderland. but currently sitting bottom of the Premier League and already 6 points needed to escape relegation, Poyet has a massive job on his hands but is he the right man for the job?
The only experience Poyet has of the Premier League was in his playing days with his time at Chelsea and Tottenham and was also known for scoring one of the best goals in Premier League history against Sunderland back in 1999. He had 187 appearances in the premier league and scored 54 goals during this time. Overall then, he was a very experienced Premier League, but as with the case of Di Canio, it is very tough to be successful as both a player and a manager in the Premier League.
His one previous managerial job was managing Brighton & Hove Albion and being quite successful in the lower leagues. During his time at Brighton he won the League 1 championship in the 2010/2011 season and almost managed a double promotion getting to the championship play-offs the following season. However, seeing as there have been so many teams in the past that have been promoted to the Premier League and relegated in that season at the moment is uncountable. This could put massive pressure on Poyet seeing as this will be his first managerial job in the Premier League along with the fact Sunderland are bottom.
However, Poyet should be given his time as manager of Sunderland as he has clearly shown that he knows what he’s doing after very nearly succeeding with a double promotion with Brighton. But once again many managers have found it extremely tough to manage in the Premier League so only time will tell how well he does. It may be god for him that he has been appointed so early into the season, he will have time to adjust and get to know his new players.
In my opinion though, I think Sunderland will be relegated. They already have a tough job on their hands and it will be tough for any manager to take over a club at the bottom of the table and succeed however far into the league it is.