The two-and-a-half years since Gus Poyet was sacked must feel like a lifetime to Sunderland supporters.
Poyet’s reign resembles bonafide ‘glory days’ by comparison. It was he who led Sunderland to the 2014 League Cup final after all, where they were unfortunate to be beaten by three truly wonderful Manchester City goals after taking a lead through Fabio Borini.
And, after winning 13 points from a possible 15 at the end of that season, Sunderland pulled of one of the most remarkable acts of escapology since Houdini was entertaining the masses.
These days, however, Poyet’s reputation as an exciting up-and-coming manager lies in tatters. While Sunderland have struggled badly since the former Chelsea and Spurs favourite departed, he too has endured a difficult spell.
He’s been sacked by AEK Athens and Real Betis and most recently resigned from his post at Chinese giants Shanghai Shenhua after taking the side from third to twelfth in just ten months.
Nonetheless, Sunderland fans would welcome Poyet back with open arms on Wearside as the club continue to scramble around for a successor to the recently departed Simon Grayson.
I'd take Gus Poyet back for the same reason as I wanted Karanka. Will strengthen our defence and make us hard to beat #safc— Martyn Armstrong (@MKA97FTM) November 14, 2017
Loved Gus Poyet. I'd have him back a thousand percent over most of the names being linked #safc— ParkerSafc (@Parkersafc) November 14, 2017
He’s desperate, terrifying thing is I would probably have him back— SafcNic (@nic_safc) November 16, 2017
I would happily have Gus Poyet back as Sunderland manager. Only manager in recent years where we've had a actually plan and style of football! #SAFC— Richie (@MyOwnFlag_) November 16, 2017
Watching football under Gus Poyet was some of the best I've seen. Would have him back in a heartbeat. https://t.co/N8o9ItoqUX— Bradley (@Bradley_Safc) November 15, 2017
Gus Poyet!! Yes please! Should never have sacked him. #safc— Sam Dickinson (@SamDickinson) November 14, 2017
100% far better qualified than the other candidates. Bring him home! #SAFC— Michael Cooney (@Coonsy27) November 14, 2017