Former Black Cats boss Gustavo Poyet has expressed some regret about his time at the club. Speaking to Sky Sports, the Uruguayan revealed his disappointment at how his final season in Wearside panned out.

“I’m a realistic person. I know the risk of football managers and how it works. The only thing I was disappointed with myself, in the second year, not to make the team play in the way I wanted,”

Poyet won 23 of his 75 games in charge of the Black Cats, during his 17 months on Wearside, a time full of drama, mixed with highs and lows. The former Chelsea midfielder oversaw the great escape of 2014, and also guided Sunderland to a League Cup final, whilst claiming a 100% record against Newcastle United along the way.

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However, results did not go the way Poyet had hoped, with too many draws and several heavy defeats signalling the end of his time in the North East. Poyet currently manages AEK Athens in Greece where he has won 15 of his 20 games in charge, with the 47-year-old eyeing a return to the English game when his contract in Greece expires this summer.

“The future is open, nobody knows where I will be next year, I do certain things thinking ‘maybe I could be here’, but at the same time my aim is to get back to the Premier League – no doubt.”