Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has assured his players he's no tinker man.

Poyet could certainly not be ­accused of hypocrisy, managing the way he wanted to be managed during his own playing career.

He said: "I used to hate it when managers changed it. Absolutely hated the rotation system.

"I didn't like to feel I was at my best in one game and then, in the next, I was sitting on the bench for no reason.

"Somebody thought I needed a rest when I didn't.

"I never asked Ranieri why I was playing, so I never went to see the manager to ask why I was not playing. That was never my mentality.

"If you are strong, then you can play in every game. Ramires has played virtually every game for Chelsea and he doesn't seem to have a problem."

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