What kind of direction are Sunderland going in?

Sunderland Gates

There have been rumours that Gus Poyet isn't happy with transfer business at the club and who gets to say the final say over players. Should this issue have been sorted before his appointment?

There have been reports this morning that Sunderland boss Gus Poyet may be on a collision course with the hierarchy at the club over the club’s recruitment policy.

Though it may only be a minor thing at this stage there is a question to be asked about Sunderland’s overall strategy – in fact there has been ever since the appointment of Poyet’s predecessor in Paulo Di Canio.

It was evident after the sack of Martin O’Neill that Ellis Short and the rest of the board at the club wanted to go with a younger man on the touchline – maybe even eccentric.

The Di Canio factor admittedly didn’t last very long but there was talk of him wanting more of his players to be English after the influx of 14 new players we saw at the Stadium of Light this summer.

But if there are murmurs that after sacking Paulo Di Canio, Gus Poyet isn’t happy with the supposed strategy at the club – where Director of Football Roberto De Fanti has a massive say on transfer dealings – then why was Poyet appointed, or why did Poyet agree to that?

It is understandable that both sides are going to want different things. Another load of players going in and out of the club may be unsettling but Poyet may have outlined areas where he thinks certain players can do a good job for him.

Ellis Short may also be reluctant to put his hand in his pocket again when so many players arrived in the summer but surely this conversation must have come up when they were discussing Poyet’s appointment. If not then at least one, if not both parties have been incredibly naïve.

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