Pardew warns Poyet to expect 'a shock'
Gus Poyet appointed Sunderland manager
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has warned new Sunderland boss Gus Poyet that he faces a shock when he first experiences a Wear-Tyne derby.
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Poyet, 45, faces a tough task to rejuvenate the Black Cats, who currently prop up the Premier League table with just one point from seven games.
His second game in charge will be the home derby against Newcastle, and Pardew, who has endured a bumpy ride in the north-east, told Sky Sports the Uruguayan could be in for a test.
"That first derby will be a shock to him," he said. "He might think he’s ready for it, but it will be a shock. I thought I was ready for it.
He’s a good manager, I like the way he sets his teams up to play football. Sunderland will be asked to take risks against us and there’s a big gain in that -- but there’s also a big downside, and that’s what we want to capitalise on.”
Meanwhile, Brighton striker Leo Ulloa has dismissed a speculation about a transfer to Sunderland that would reunite him with former Seagulls boss Poyet.
The Argentine joined Brighton from Almeria in January and has taken to life in England well, netting 13 goals in 23 games.
"I’ve already said if Gustavo is at Sunderland or any other club, it’s a fact that I’m here," Ulloa told the Brighton Argus.
"I’m fine, I’m happy here, my family are happy in the city. Nothing has changed this week since last week, when Gustavo wasn’t head coach at Sunderland."
With the Black Cats having added 14 new faces in the summer, Poyet is not expected to be granted a significant sum to strengthen in January.
But he told the Sunderland Echo: "To be honest, we didn’t talk about funds for team strengthening before I came here.
"My idea is to assess the players that are here and make sure I check them properly -- which ones are down, which ones want to be here and which ones can help me.
"I will learn things this way. And then, depending on what I see in the next month or two, I will talk to the owner. But I don’t think we can start talking too much before then. At the moment, it’s not something I’m even thinking about."