GUS Poyet insists his lack of managerial experience at Premier League level will not be a barrier to him succeeding at Sunderland.
The Black Cats have just had their hands badly burned by the brief and ultimately disastrous tenure of Paolo Di Canio, who had never managed higher than League One Swindon before his appointment at the Stadium of Light at the end of March.
And eyebrows have been raised in some quarters that Sunderland have gone down the same route again by appointing another young boss who has only coached in League One and the Championship.
But Poyet, the first ever Uruguayan manager in the Premier League, says his coaching credentials at Spurs under Juande Ramos in the 2007-08 season should not be overlooked
And he says that his experience as a player in the Premier League and as a manager at Brighton and Hove Albion will stand him in good stead in his new job.
“I was a player and I was a coach in the Premier League,” he told the Echo. “So this is not a new environment for me.
“One of my best times in football as a coach was at Wembley with Spurs against Chelsea.
“We were in extra-time and we were winning but in that pressure situation you are still clearly a coach.
“It was noisy, but you need to talk to the players there to make sure they listen to you when you are 15 minutes from winning a cup.
“You’re on the biggest stage, you do your job well, and then you’re celebrating and I was part of that as part of the coaching team.
“The only thing I was not doing was making decisions from the touchline and that was why I became a manager.
“I want to make decisions, it’s my life.
“And now I’ve got the chance to do that here.
“I think I have proven myself elsewhere and sooner or later you have to be given a chance at a higher level, that is only logical.”
Poyet now says he will waste no time in getting to grips with organising and improving Sunderland.
“I know a lot about the team because I have been watching them a lot and now it is about putting our ideas into practice with the players.
“I’m very clear about what I want, I believe my way works and brings results, and what we have to do now with the players is to get them to understand how we want them to operate.
“I am confident we can do well at Sunderland.”