Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Patience of Poyet Is Being Stretched; Poyet's Patience Is Being Stretched

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Patience of Poyet Is Being Stretched; Poyet's Patience Is Being Stretched

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Byline: Mark Douglas Chief Sports Writer mark.douglas@trinitymirror.com

GUS Poyet has admitted he is close to running out of patience with a Sunderland squad that he feels needs to be shaken up.

But as Poyet confesses that the quality of his January recruits holds the key to turning around their desperate Premier League position, he has reasserted his desire to keep hold of Steven Fletcher - a target for Hull City, Celtic and Stoke.

Sunderland have landed leftback Marcos Alonso and have made bids for Brighton pair Liam Bridcutt and Will Buckley but Poyet has hinted that others will be targeted as he looks to alter the "balance" of his squad and improve its quality.

It is also a further indication of his frustration with a group who have let him down at key moments this season, something that he has mentioned on several occasions.

"I am close to running out of patience with some players. Close. I said (I was) fed up the other day, I wanted to say 'nearly fed up' but 'nearly fed up' is so close that it's not worth it making the distance," he said.

"I think the situation is that we've been here now (bottom of the league) this season for five months. I'm not just talking about me, (I'm talking about) the previous manager and Kevin Ball as a caretaker with this group of players and we're still bottom.

"So I'm going to change something, that's for sure. I'm not going to go with the same group of players to the end because if I do it's going to be more difficult.

"I need to choose well and make sure that we get the ones that can really help us to change the season around. That's simple. "I can give you a number (of players I want) but it's so insecure, it can change at any time." While Poyet admits the need for new recruits, he was strident in his desire to keep hold of last season's top goalscorer Steven Fletcher, who has been linked with a move away. …

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