Poyet: No Sunderland transfer talks

Sunderland's new manager Gus Poyet.
Sunderland's new manager Gus Poyet.

GUS Poyet says he did not talk transfers with owner Ellis Short before accepting the Sunderland job this week.

The ex-Brighton manager was officially appointed as the Black Cats’ new head coach on Tuesday and was instantly linked with moves to sign Scottish midfielder Liam Bridcutt and Argentinian striker Leonardo Ulloa from his former club.

There has also been the eyebrow-raising claim that Short has agreed to hand the Uruguayan a £30m war-chest for the January transfer window.

But Poyet says that the last thing that was on his mind when approaching the job was asking the owner to get his cheque book out.

“To be honest, we didn’t talk about funds for team strengthening before I came here,” said Poyet.

“My idea is to assess the players that are here and make sure I check them properly – which ones are down, which ones want to be here and which ones can help me.

“I will learn things this way.

“And then, depending on what I see in the next month or two, I will talk to the owner.

“But I don’t think we can start talking too much before then.

“At the moment, it’s not something I’m even thinking about.”

If Poyet does decide to shake up the squad in January, offloading players will be just as important as recruiting them.

New salary restrictions that came into force in the Premier League this season mean the Black Cats will have little room for manoeuvre.

Sunderland brought in a new player recruitment strategy over the summer after appointing Italian ex-agent Roberto De Fanti as director of football and former Inter Milan talent-spotter Valentino Angeloni as chief scout.

Poyet says he has no problems working within that Continental-style framework, having experienced something similar at Brighton, where the club appointed David Burke as head of football operations in January 2012.