Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has apologised to the club’s fans in the Northern Echo for not being able to bring back the era of Nial Quinn and Kevin Phillips.
Poyet made the tongue in cheek comment as he urged Sunderland fans to get behind the side after a difficult performance in the FA Cup against Fulham.
The Black Cats face a replay in West London after a 0-0 draw, which left some supporters booing during and directly after the game.
“My message to them (the fans) is patience, and I am sorry I can’t bring Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips back,” said Poyet.
“Do I think they want them back? Yes, I do. But I think they are still living in the past.”
The frustration behind Poyet’s comments most likely comes because he feels frustrated personally with the way his team played over the weekend.
The Uruguayan would have wanted his team to see things off at the first opportunity because it means one less game for the side to play in an already busy season.
Sunderland are fighting to consolidate and move up the Premier League table and it’s important they improve their consistency in the next few weeks.
The supporters who were critical of the side over the weekend should change and get behind the side, finding it easier to support the current officials at the club when the team are playing and winning well.
For Poyet it’s obvious; get the team playing well, get the right results and the support will follow.
For the fans it’s the same as it’s always been; get behind the team and be critical when it’s fair.