Poyet: 'It's Not Up To Us - It's Up To Him!'

12 November 2013 07:54
Gus Poyet is not the soft touch he seems in interviews. But he admits he will always give a player a chance.

Phil Bardsley is playing with a smile on his face, thanks to the new boss.

Gus Poyet: "The approach from me to him was very different to what happened before. I tried to put that aside and be myself with him.

"He came, we had a chat, everything is clear.

"He knows the chance he has got - he needs to take it.

"It's not up to us, it's up to him."

Phil Bardsley: "I'm just enjoying my football again and trying to play with a smile on my face.

"The reaction from the supporters meant a lot. I let them down and it was up to me to repay them with performances on the football pitch.

"I'm trying to do that as much as I can and if I keep scoring goals and keep defending the way I have done in the last couple of games, hopefully I will do that.

"I know what this football club is all about. I've been here seven years now and to stay in the league is the most important thing. For me to be on top of my game, I hope that will help a lot.

"It was different circumstances that surrounded what happened [under Di Canio]. But the manager has come in and brought me in from the cold, and I'm enjoying myself."

Source: Sunderland-Mad