Uruguayan has different plans for Black Cats.
New Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has distanced himself from comparisons with his predecessor Paolo Di Canio after taking questions during his first press conference since being hired at the Stadium of Light, the Daily Mail reports.
The Uruguayan was appointed to the job on Monday after Kevin Ball had taken temporary charge following Di Canio’s dismissal, but chairman Ellis Short took two weeks to be convinced that the former Chelsea and Spurs midfielder, once described by Sir Bobby Robson as the ‘scourge of Newcastle’, should lead the club’s latest battle against relegation which starts at Swansea after the international break and is followed by a home derby.
And whilst Poyet admits that comparisons are likely to happen for a number of reasons ranging from the pair’s flamboyant playing style to the Latin background and ever past dismissals (Poyet was sacked as Leeds United’s assistant manager in 2007).
“I don’t try to be anyone else,” said the former Brighton manager. “I told him the truth. I am honest and then we go from there. It was clear that this was nothing to do with Paolo, this was about the future. Together we need to work well. This a great opportunity for me to show what I can be and what I can do.
“It’s unfair to compare me with anyone. I am not talking about Paolo now. It’s impossible, we are all different. The difference you are going to see is through the process. I think I am a little old fashioned, everything will be done inside these four walls.
“I have had one job as a manager so far and I was there for four years. Every time a new manager arrives, he wants to stay for as long as possible and to prove that he’s the right choice from the chairman. But you need to prove it.
“I’m confident. I’m a positive person, but I don’t like to talk in advance. I want to show you. When we get to the end of the season I hope to be sitting here smiling, which will be good news.”