Gus Poyet

Gus Poyet

Fate, Connor Wickham and some poor performances from the Premier League’s top sides all had an influence, but you can’t overlook Gus Poyet’s role assuring Sunderland’s Premier League survival this season.

The former Chelsea and Spurs midfielder joined the Black Cats at the bottom of the table with just one point from their first eight leagues games and the squad in a complete mess, in the wake of Paolo Di Canio’s and Director of Football Roberto Di Fanti’s fatally anarchic running of the club.

The 46 year-old boasts positive football too, having built an incredibly aesthetic, play-off contending Brighton side during a four-year stay on the south coast, suggesting he’d bring a welcome change to Sam Allardyce’s attritional tactics at Upton Park.

The first manager to beat Jose Mourinho during a Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge and getting Sunderland to a League Cup final are further positives on Poyet’s CV.

The Uruguayan is a staunch careerist however; he masterminded his own demise at Brighton and is now considering leaving Sunderland after just eight months on Wearside.