Why isn't Gus Poyet being suggested as the next Tottenham boss?

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The Sunderland manager has been a sensational appointment for the Wearsiders, dragging them from relegation certs to a title challenger's nightmare.

As Sunderland completed a quite extraordinary ascent from the foot of the Premier League table to safety, becoming only the second team to do so having been bottom at Christmas, one glaring question exists. Why aren't the higher placed league clubs that are on the look out for a new manager not sniffing around the Stadium of Light?

Gus Poyet has been a revelation since taking over from Paolo Di Canio's short and troubled reign, dragging the Black Cats to a cup final and seeing them record a number of outstanding results at some of the toughest grounds to visit in the division.

It hasn't all been plain sailing for Poyet, with a period of time passing before his players seemed to take to his instructions, but with the season winding up, the Uruguayan has overseen wins at Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford, and Goodison Park, as well as an impressive draw at the Etihad. Sunderland are in fact up there with Chelsea when it comes to away results against the top seven.

One club in particular would suit Poyet down to the ground, with Tottenham a team the Uruguayan has close to his heart after the affable former midfielder enjoyed a 3 year spell there as a player as well as a year as assistant coach to Juande Ramos. 

Poyet's attractive, passing game would be easily employable by the squad currently at White Hart Lane, and his ability to give his players the belief to get to Wembley, as well as go to some of the toughest grounds in the country and get a result, are something that has been missing at Spurs. The Mail has even reported that Poyet is debating to stay on in the North East following the season's end.

His win percentage isn't too dissimilar to Tim Sherwood's either, Poyet (41%) has won 16 games at the club and lost 16, drawing 7. Sherwood (48%), with a much stronger club, has won 13 and lost 10, while drawing 4 times. The big difference between the two is that Sherwood's best spell at the club came at the beginning of his tenure, while Poyet's has come in recent games. This demonstrates a real ability to improve a side's fortunes, and is just one reason why the Sunderland boss would be a good fit for his old club.

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