Sunderland boss threatens to leave over transfer policy

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has made it clear that he will leave if he doesn't have the final say on the club's transfer targets, reports The Guardian.

The Uruguayan manager has been in charge on Wearside for just five games but has made his position very clear.

The 46-year-old manager, formerly in charge of Brighton, is happy to be working alongside director of football Roberto De Fanti and chief scout Valentino Angeloni, but claims a player has to be the right fit for him if he is signed.

He said: "We talked about a position the other day and considered four players. I picked two. It was simple. One of the other two [selected by De Fanti] was a definite no. If that one is coming, I won't be here. The player has to be the right one for me. If not, I'm not going to accept it.

"I met with Roberto and Valentino and said what I think we need. They need to give me the options and I need to pick the ones I like. We need to see if they are available and if they fit into the financial possibilities, then we will move forward.

"I'm sure it's going to be done in the right way, in the common-sense way. Everyone has a responsibility and then the player has to be the right one for me."

Previous manager Paulo Di Canio claimed that none of the 14 players signed over the summer were his targets, but Poyet made it clear when he joined the club that things would have to be different.

However Sunderland fans do not have to be worried just yet that Poyet, who has overseen three wins in his first five games for the club, will be walking out anytime soon.

He added: "It's not going to be many players in January.

"And, so far, everything is working fine [with De Fanti and Angeloni]. The connection and communication have been great."

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