Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Grayson: Pressure Is Firmly on Myself; Grayson Admits to Feeling Pressure

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Grayson: Pressure Is Firmly on Myself; Grayson Admits to Feeling Pressure

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Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports writer stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk

SIMON Grayson does not think the pressure on him is any less because Sunderland supporters have been told about the restraints he is working under.

Black Cats fans have largely been pretty realistic with a manager who only spent PS1.25m in transfer fees this summer despite signing ten players - but Grayson says the pressure he feels is all self-inflicted. So while tonight's League Cup tie at Goodison Park ought to be a home win even given Everton's recent struggles, he will expect victory, Chief executive Martin Bain explained this week the financial restrictions which Grayson is working under - but the latter says bringing it out in the open has not lessened the pressure on him.

"No, I don't think so," Grayson reflected. "Ultimately I will put myself under pressure because I want to win as many matches as possible.

"Every time I put a team out I want to make sure it reflects me.

"That it goes out and tries to get a positive result.

"We want to win as many games as possible regardless of what is happening off the pitch.

"Other people can read things into that situation, they can say it takes the pressure off but I don't see it like that.

"The pressure I am under is to do the best I can for myself and for the club."

Grayson has won more matches in this season's League Cup (two) than the Championship (one), where the Black Cats are one place above the relegation zone.

Despite 15 players leaving, his squad still appears to bear the psychological scars of Premier League relegation, particularly when playing at home.

Grayson added: "I think we've been trying to say this since the summer, since relegation, this season was always going to be a year of transition both on and off the pitch, financially getting it in a steady state. …

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