Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has defended sacked Sunderland manager Gus Poyet on BT Sport’s Football Tonight show.
”I think he is an emotional manager, he was an emotional player,” former Manchester City midfielder Hargreaves told BT Sport’s Football Tonight show on Monday. “He was perhaps a little bit too much on the frontfoot in dealing with the fans and the press…
“I like his honesty. Like I said after the game, they were so poor, the players let him down, but in the end he took all the criticism.
“He is the one who loses his job, and as a player I would look at myself first and then look at the manager.”
Hargreaves does make a good point about the Sunderland players being poor against Villa.
It was arguably the Black Cats’ worst performance of the season, and the players do need to look at themselves and admit that they should have done better against the Villans.
However, Poyet needs to shoulder a large chunk of the blame as well. Under him, Sunderland did not progress much from last season and won just four games in the Premier League.
Sunderland’s football also left much to be desired, and with the team just one point above the relegation zone, the club bosses had little choice but to let Poyet go.