Sunderland must learn from mistakes to prosper

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After Sunderland completed their second great escape in two consecutive seasons, head coach Gus Poyet must now learn from the mistakes of his predecessors if the Black Cats are to progress into the higher reaches of the Premier League next season.

Sunderland’s former saviour Paolo Di Canio was given little control in the transfer market last summer, with director of football Roberto Di Fanti taking almost full charge of the proceedings.

Following the influx of a total of 14 players - 13 of which from overseas with little or no Premier League experience - Sunderland endured a poor start last season, and after registering only one point in seven games Di Canio was relieved of his duties.

Poyet has already succeeded in gaining full control of Sunderland's future dealings after Di Fanti was sacked at his request in January, but the Uruguayan now faces a turbulent summer with the Sunderland squad seemingly in transition yet again.

The Black Cats are yet to tie up contracts for key men including local boy Jack Colback and Premier League veteran Sebastian Larsson, while longest serving player Phil Bardsley has confirmed he will exit the club at the end of his contract next month.

Add to that the departure of loan stars Fabio Borini, Ki Seung-Yeung and Marcos Alonso - all returning to their respective clubs - and you can see that Sunderland's first eleven is dismantling pretty quickly.

Whilst Sunderland are expected to enter fresh contract talks with Colback, and move to secure permanent deals for Alonso and Ki Seung-Yeung, it's vital that Poyet conducts his business well in the upcoming window.

The miracle man proved his managerial credentials by saving the club from relegation and reaching a Cup Final last season, but with more control in his hands than Di Canio a year ago, he must now bring in quality over quantity and provide stability at Sunderland - or risk facing the same fate as the man he replaced.

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