Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says this season's problems have been a long time coming.

The club's problems are by no means all of his own making, and he admits some date back several seasons.

Poyet said: "You have to go back three or four years, or maybe seven or eight.

"I have been reading from the times of Reidy (former manager Peter Reid), and apart from one year when Darren Bent scored 24 goals, we have been always playing with fire.

"The only thing that has changed more or less is the manager, so maybe it's time to change something different and look for the real problem inside the club and not just the one who comes here and talks to you every week."

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