Newly appointed Sunderland coach Gus Poyet has encouraged the club to believe in the possibility of being salvaged from their pathetic position in the Premier League.
Poyet was recently appointed as Sunderland manager on a two-year deal, after a careful selection, and takes over from caretaker boss Kevin Ball, who will remain as part of the Wearside club's coaching staff.
And, whilst the Black Cats hopelessly sit at the bottom of the Premier League table, Poyet is adamant all isn't lost yet as he urges the team to develop an optimistic mindset.
“It's a huge challenge but one I am excited about and I am grateful for the opportunity to manage in the Barclays Premier League," Poyet was quoted by the Daily Mirror.
“I think the key behind my strong home record at Brighton was the connection with the fans - I can see that here also.
“I look forward to proving my ability to the fans - I want them to believe because we need to stick together.
"I hope at the end of the season we will be sitting here smiling. When you are at the bottom, everyone will say it will be very difficult. The idea here is to believe, to be convinced."
Poyet hopes to convince the players especially since they have lost confidence in themselves, after failing to win any of their opening seven games in the Premier League in 2013/14.
"From what I see, I do believe we can get safe. Now, I must convince the players.
"We must all understand that we really have to believe in this opportunity we start today. I will ask for help, as you can imagine, but it is my job to get everyone to commit."
The Uruguayan manager's first test will be to help the team defeat Swansea in their Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium which is scheduled for October 19, after the international break.
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