On the heels of Sunderland’s loss in the FA Cup, manager Gus Poyet lashed out at the media in his post game press conference.
The Black Cats were bounced from the competition after losing 2-0 to Bradford City, who play in the third-tier of English football.
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Bradford City shocked Chelsea in the previous round of the FA Cup and are enjoying a magical run, but that did not stop the traveling Sunderland fans from booing the team as they left the pitch.
Speaking to reporters, Poyet blamed the media for problems surrounding the club, and even suggested building a wall around Sunderland to keep them out.
I’m not going to get involved anymore. I’m doing my job, I know what’s good for the team. The players gave everything. If we close Sunderland – if we put a China Wall around the city – it would be fantastic.
Now when we let you (the media) in and you get out and say what you want, we’ve got a problem. I invite every Sunderland fan and people around the club not to listen to any one of you – only to me.
I have no issue with the fans. I never hide and I am the one who’ll pay the price because the only one who can get sacked is me.
Wins have been rare for Sunderland, as they currently have a Premier League-low four wins through 25 matches to go with their Premier League-leading 12 draws. Despite that, the club still sits in 15th place, two points clear of the relegation zone.
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Poyet’s attack on the media could show that he is feeling the pressure, as calls for his replacement have been steadily building throughout the season.
For now, Poyet has until Saturday to get his side ready for a Premier League match against West Brom in front of his home fans at the Stadium of Light. There will surely be some calls for his sacking from the stands, but a result could have the supporters singing a different tune.