Speaking on his time at the club, Poyet said: “No one player arrived at the club without me saying I wanted him. That sounds perfect. But in reality, what happens is you find the players that you want, you propose players like I did.
“Those players won’t come, then after they give you names and names and names. You’re going to have to take one. Those situations make the process slower. And there’s no time in the Premier League.”
Poyet is suggesting that whenever he suggested players for Sunderland to sign, director of football Lee Congerton would take it on board, but would never actually sign that player.
After that refusal, Congerton would then find a player, and although no deal would go through without Poyet’s confirmation, it means he would never be getting his first-choice signings.
This means that Poyet was playing with a team set-up without his personal vision, and he was always going to struggle in this situation.
It appears as if this system has continued beyond Poyet leaving the club, with the signing of Younes Kaboul not Dick Advocaat’s first-choice transfer target.
The director of football system is one that can be a great success if used properly, but at the Stadium of Light right now, the set-up is actively impeding on-pitch performances in a negative fashion.