Hull City manager Steve Bruce has warned Sunderland not to expect Gus Poyet to immediately turn things around at the club.
Poyet became Sunderland's sixth permanent manager in five years, indicating a lack of stability at the Wearside club.
Bruce himself is one of the six managers to have lost his job at Sunderland back in 2011. And he has now urged Black Cats chairman Ellis Short to give Poyet time and let him make his mark at the club.
Poyet is taking over from highly controversial manager Paolo Di Canio who was axed as Sunderland manager after just 13 games, which saw the club win just twice. Poyet will need time and this is exactly what Bruce has touched on.
"It is a difficult job, everybody knows that they have had six managers in five years," he told talkSPORT.
"That just shows how tough the job is. There is a big expectation up there with a big expectant crowd so it's going to be difficult."
It is clear that Di Canio was not blessed with time at Sunderland but it is hardly surprising given his behaviour towards the players and the fans.
Di Canio was a manager who was full of passion and he loved to show it, but ultimately he lacked the qualities needed to be a Premier League manager.
Poyet too lacks experience as a Premier League manager with the Sunderland job being his first experience at the top flight level.
He previously managed Brighton and Hove Albion of the Championship and he led them to the Playoff Semi-finals - they went on to lose against eventual playoff winners Crystal Palace.
So Poyet did a great job at Brighton but can he do the same at Sunderland?
It is a difficult job, everyone knows that. The club are sitting bottom of the Premier League and have not won a single game yet this season in the top flight.
Sunderland fans should be a bit more patient with Poyet. He may not immediately change things round at the club, but if he is given time then it is a possibility that things will begin to improve. It takes work to implement his own tactics and way of playing football on to the team, but that's a given with any new manager going to a club.
There is one thing for sure though, Poyet's appointment as manager will be a huge lift to the club, a lift it so dearly needs right now.
Ultimately, if Poyet is given the time he needs and receives the backing he requires in the January transfer window, then there is no doubt that he can be the man to turn things round at Sunderland.
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