Should Sunderland have seen the warning signs before Poyet appointment?

Gus Poyet Brighton

Former Brighton star Vicente criticised Gus Poyet before the Uruguayan was appointed at Sunderland.

Gus Poyet was dismissed as Sunderland falter near the bottom of the Premier League table, but should the Black Cats have seen the warning signs after Vicente spoke to The Argus in 2013.

Quoted in that article, the former Spanish international called Poyet - the man who brought him to Brighton in 2011- the ‘worst person in football’.

“He is the worst person I’ve come across in football,” the ex-Valenica man said. “For example, he deceived me when he said I could go and then he didn’t let me. For me he is a selfish person, very egocentric. I say that because it’s how I feel.

“What I think is unacceptable is that the manager makes fun of his players. I’ve seen things here that I have never seen in my career. If you miss with a shot in training, he makes fun. For me, that is unacceptable in football.”

With Vicente’s words, it makes you wonder why Sunderland would appoint a manager who actively upsets his players, especially in a team with so many volatile personalities as the Black Cats.

Despite his managerial career being fairly impressive - he won Football League One and reached the Championship play-offs with Brighton - it is clear that his man management skills are nowhere near where they should be. An inability to deal with players in a professional manner acts as real evidence for why on-pitch performances at the Stadium of Light were so bad.

Some Sunderland players have been criticised for their poor performances under Poyet - with now Toronto FC man Jozy Altidore the pick of the bunch - but it could now be suspected that his poor form was down to the manager. How was the forward ever going to recover from his poor goalscoring streak if Poyet made fun of him every time he missed a shot in training? And now, back in MLS, Altidore netted twice in one game.

With Vicente’s words, it comes as a surprise that Poyet would have been appointed manager of Sunderland, especially with some of the players on their books. His appointment may have kept them in the Premier League last season, but it could cost them in the long run, and the former Brighton star may have helped the Black Cats avoid such trouble if his words were heeded.

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