Poyet was appointed head coach of Sunderland last season, taking charge after the disastrous reign of Paolo Di Canio to keep the Black Cats in the Premier League and bring stability to the Stadium of Light.
The current season has started in solid form for the North Eastern side, and, despite conceding 10 goals in two games with Southampton and Arsenal, they look well set for top flight survival after passing through their ‘crisis’ that started with the 8-0 loss on the South Coast.
Victory over Crystal Palace last week, and a 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday, moved the club onto just two wins for the season, but, with just three losses in 11 games, the Black Cats are sitting on 12 points - three points clear of the relegation places. They were unlucky to not gain the full three points from the Toffees on Sunday, and central midfielder Liam Bridcutt - who played the full 90 minutes at the Stadium of Light - believes that their disappointment in the wake of the game proves that Gus Poyet has transformed the mentality of the whole football club to a positive one.
Whilst late season survival was considered a success last term, former Chelsea man Bridcutt told the Chronicle that Poyet has instilled high standards in his squad, making sure they want to win every game.
The 25-year-old said: “Our standards are so high now.
“The manager we’ve got, he sets his standards so high and it translates to the players, so the players want to win every game, no matter who we’re playing. That’s just the mentality we’ve got now.
“On Sunday we started so well, we were very sharp and we created a few chances, so I felt like it was going to be our day. Under different circumstances, we could have had it [victory] really.
“It was a great point for us but it’s about striking the balance. We want to get three points as often as we can and it was a good opportunity.
“But it was just one of those days when decisions went against us.”
The Black Cats will be looking to capitalise on their return to form when the Premier League returns in a fortnight, with fellow relegation strugglers Leicester hosting Poyet’s men on November 22.