When a manager departs a club they usually release a statement talking about their disappointment at leaving, well former Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet has gone one step further by suggesting a goalless draw with Chelsea is some kind of proud achievement.
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In an statement on the League Managers Association (LMA) website, Poyet, who has since been replaced at the Stadium of Light by Dick Advocaat, provided a list of his accomplishments on Wearside which bizarrely included a 0-0 draw against the Blues as well as keeping the club above the relegation zone this season:
“This season, Sunderland remains the only team not to have conceded to Chelsea and the club has remained outside of the bottom three throughout.” he said.
The fact Poyet lists not conceding to Chelsea as an achievement is probably why Sunderland made the right choice in parting company and as for his claim of not dropping into the relegation zone, that is more to do with luck than anything else as four wins all season is nothing to boast about.
The Black Cats’ are just a point clear of the relegation zone following a 4-0 home defeat by Aston Villa last weekend.