The Uruguayan has proved to be a nemesis against Sunderland’s arch-rivals during both his playing and management career, with late ex-Magpies boss Sir Bobby Robson once labelling him “the scourge of Newcastle”.
Poyet netted six times against Newcastle during his stints at Chelsea and Tottenham, and eliminated Alan Pardew’s side from the FA Cup in each of the last two seasons when in charge of Brighton.
Gus Poyet: “My life in England and my football career as a player and manager has been linked with Sunderland and Newcastle.
“A little bit more with Newcastle to be honest because somehow – I don’t know why – I always seemed to score against them.
“They already hated me a little bit and now they probably hate me a little bit more.
“I always try to do the best for the club that I’m in. I support the club I’m working for, and become a fan, and I think that will show with the passion and what the players show as well.
“Let’s hope it’s a good one and we can beat Newcastle in a couple of weeks.”
Poyet also netted five times against Sunderland as a player and knocked the Black Cats out of the League Cup in 2011 with Brighton.
Source: Newcastle United Mad