Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has told the Shields Gazette that he wants to win as much as any fan urging the side to do well.
Poyet is under pressure heading into the game against West Brom this weekend after poor performances against QPR in the league and then Bradford in the FA cup last weekend.
He’s stressed the need for a collective approach to reacting in the right way to the results and has asked fans to stay positive as the team fights to turn things around.
“I promise you that I care and want to win as much as you do and no one thinks more time every day about the team than I do,” said the boss.
“I invite all of you to stay positive, to be strong, closer to each other and keep believing in what we started together last year.”
So what chance does Poyet have on backing up his pledge to the fans?
The side has to win this weekend against the Baggies.
They have to win and make the most of their home advantage to create confidence in the supporters and to give the players belief.
It won’t be easy with West Brom coming off of a big win against West Ham in the FA Cup, but the home advantage may suggest that the Black Cats have an edge.
The need for a win this weekend is made all the more important because the game after that is against Manchester United away.
If Sunderland can go into that game with a spring in their step then they have a slight chance of getting a result.
March then starts with winnable games against Hull City away and then Aston Villa at home.
A record of seven to nine points across the four games would represent a good return for Sunderland and help to convince any fans who harbour doubts over Poyet as manager, that he can keep them up and get them moving in the right direction.