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Poyet fumes as Sunderland fixture backlog looms

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is dreading a draw in this weekend's FA Cup clash with Southampton as the fixture pile-up could derail his survival plans. Poyet insists it's impossible for him to plan ahead and has urged football's governing bodies to radically change the fixture schedule.

"It's something that should be resolved early. I think we - I put myself in that we - part of football in England, we part ourselves in situations we shouldn't.

"We complicate things very easy and I cannot tell you, if we have a draw tomorrow, where it's going to be in the next few weeks. It's impossible to know when you are going to play the replay and when you're going to play the next round.

"It's tough, we like to plan ahead. It becomes impossible. We're changing weekly. There are things you can cope with, but when it's constantly it becomes a little bit of a problem and I don't like that.

"We don't know what we are going to do in 10 days, maybe 12. It's not right and if somebody can say to me 'that's right'. Well then we've got a really different opinion on something easy. There is no common sense."

He is hoping to avoid more uncertainty over fixtures and admits a draw against Saints would be worse than a defeat.

"Yes because I want to have my next three month's done and dusted and clear," he said.

"When we take a decision on a player like (Steven) Fletcher not to play for a couple of weeks, we know who we are playing in the next two weeks.

"Right now we don't and that's wrong. If it was a manager responsible, he would get the sack, but it's not a manager, so he won't get the sack."

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