Ex-Sunderland captain Gray: Poyet right appointment

Former Sunderland captain Michael Gray has backed the appointment of Gus Poyet as new manager.

Former Sunderland captain Michael Gray has backed the appointment of Gus Poyet as new manager.

Gray trained under Poyet – who was unveiled as the new manager this morning – during a spell at Leeds United.

He told the Sunderland Echo: “I’m excited about the news that Sunderland look set to appoint Poyet – I like him and respect him and I think he can do a good job at the club.

“But it’s vital that he is given time.

“To have that many managers in so few years is not healthy for any club.

“And I think that the owner has to appoint a new boss and then stick by him.

“I know that staying in the Premier League is the most important thing and that fact can cause a lot of changes in a lot of clubs – you don’t get much time to turn things around in football these days.

“But in Sunderland’s case, I think the time really has come to appoint someone you think can take the club forward and then trust them with a longer term contract."

 
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