'I've made 100 improvements' - Poyet reflects on first-year in charge

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Gus Poyet believes that he has made 100 improvements already during his first year at Sunderland.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet's first-year in charge of Sunderland has been more tumultuous than he would have been expecting when he took over.

With a cup-final, a relegation scrap and shock victories aplenty, the Uruguayan has packed a lot into 12 months, but he has also made improvements.

Poyet believes he could tell you 100 things which have developed under his stewardship, but identified just one as an example of the little things which are changing. 

"I can tell you a hundred things [which have improved]," he said to the Northern Echo. "How long the players stay at the table after dinner; little things like that.

“The players are sharing different things that previously ... everybody was disappearing to their rooms. That helps, because then in the team you are playing with someone next to you who you trust. That brings the team together.

“That’s why, for me, it was important in the cup last season. Those celebrations after the games, important games, brought us together. Now, it’s a little bit more natural.”

Poyet's Sunderland have moved away from the relegation zone with a victory against Stoke City last weekend.

The 3-1 triumph was their first three point haul of the campaign and it has relieved a lot of the pressure that was around the Stadium of Light.

Concerns were growing that a repeat of last season could be on the cards, but the victory helped move them up the table and Poyet says this year is already looking better than the last. 

"I think this year has been more consistent already," he said. "OK, we would like consistency a little bit higher but it’s been better. It’s been better. And that’s the feeling. You know when we always talk about a feeling.

“You can be playing all right but if you lose every game, it doesn’t matter how you’re feeling because that was my feeling last year when we were losing. I was watching the games again and the difference was an own goal, a decision. We didn’t take one chance.”

Despite the vast improvements made, Poyet is not resting on his laurels, though and he insists that the job isn't done yet. 

“I don’t think we are more than halfway in terms of the development I would like, that’s for sure,” Poyet explained. “I don’t. I believe there are plenty of things that we need to improve, first as a team. That’s the main part. For the rest of the club, we’ve got more time.”

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