Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Clipping the Swans' Wings Would Get Poyet off to a Flier on Wearside; Black Cats Boss Has No Fears despite a Month of Turmoil

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Clipping the Swans' Wings Would Get Poyet off to a Flier on Wearside; Black Cats Boss Has No Fears despite a Month of Turmoil

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Byline: James Hunter Sports writer james.hunter@ncjmedia.co.uk

GUS POYET believes a win at Swansea this weekend would be the perfect antidote to a month of turmoil on Wearside.

The Black Cats have experienced a player revolt that resulted in the club parting company with Paolo Di Canio and endured a fortnight of instability while a new boss was sought.

New head coach Poyet takes charge of his first game this weekend, when Sunderland visit the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City - a club on the up under Michael Laudrup, winning the Capital One Cup last season and qualifying for the Europa League.

But Poyet is convinced the travails of recent weeks should be no bar to victory in Wales.

He said: "It's a big contrast [between Sunderland and Swansea].

"We have a few problems.

We've changed a manager, and we've got a new group of players.

"But at 3pm, it's 11 v 11, one referee, two linesmen. It's about what you do in those two hours.

"It doesn't matter what's happened before.

"Swansea are in a better balanced position. Yes they are, it's true.

"But that doesn't mean that they are going to win.

"We will go there to win. We need to win football games. We cannot go to places looking to get just one point."

Since taking over in the summer of 2012, Laudrup has continued the work of previous boss Brendan Rodgers, and Poyet is a big admirer of the way Swansea have built on their success after winning promotion in 2011.

"I think they have the perfect approach," he said.

"The club is balanced.

They've changed manager, but they've tried to maintain that philosophy.

"That's a big advantage for any manager who goes there.

"What a difference with Swansea as a club now.

"There's a team who've been playing for five or six years in the same way and they're slowly getting better and better. …

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