Gus Poyet is to take first bow as Sunderland boss at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. We have enjoyed reasonable success against the Swans since their arrival in the Premier League, unbeaten in four games. We caught up with Jules from Swansea City’s best fansite SwansFC (@swansfc) to ask him about our current plight, Poyet, the Europa League and of course this weekend’s match.
WAW: Allsorts has gone on up here and none of it good - what do you made of the events on Wearside and the appointment of Gus Poyet?
Jules: Personally I think he is better appointment than Paolo Di Canio, much less of a wild card. He was well liked by his players at Brighton and that club seems to have struggled somewhat since his departure. Thus his man management must be first class and this will be in direct contrast to the goings-on at Sunderland recently. It remains to be seen whether he has the ability to manage a team in the Premier League but I'm sure he will give it 110% commitment.
WAW: How do you expect the season to pan out for Sunderland?
Jules: I believe Sunderland's season can only improve. I would guess the players will be much happier to play for Poyet and that should reflect on the pitch immediately. Like Swansea, Poyet is also known for his method of passing football so that should help Sunderland play out of their current predicament. I would suspect he will bring in some real quality in January, so the main focus for the club is not to drift too far away from mid table before the New Year. Then I would suspect, Sunderland will be a much stronger team and could even be fighting for a top ten finish.
WAW: Seven points on the board after a tough fixture list to start with - how have things gone for Swansea City so far?
Overall, fairly pleased. The Europa League has been a dream so far and dare I say it, fairly easy. Our Premier League start has been mixed but we have played Liverpool, Man United, Arsenal and current surprise package Southampton. I would hope for a good run in the league during October and November plus we have the first non-English Premier League fixture to look forward to!
WAW: How is your European exploits affecting things and is a European spot a realistic goal for Swansea this season?
Jules: I wouldn't say it has affected us. When we beat Valencia 3-0 in Spain we return to beat Crystal Palace away 2-0 at Selhurst Park just days later. That was our 3rd game in 6 days. So far the injuries haven't been too bad; however, ask me again after the New Year and I may be cursing the Europa League.
WAW: Who worries you most in Sunderland's squad?
Jules: In a nutshell Poyet. The effect he will have cannot be underestimated and we could not be playing Sunderland at a worst time. With regards to players there is some true quality and talent in the squad. Experience such as John O'Shea makes it so hard for our forwards especially for our new recruit Bony who is yet to set the World alight. Connor Wickham is another player I like, but I feel he is yet to achieve is full potential. Finally Fabio Borini. I don't think you guys have seen much of the ex-Swansea City player. He was someone we would have like to have kept. Given time he will be an asset to you. Poyet could be the ideal manager for him!
WAW: Finally, how do you expect the game to pan out and what is your prediction for the result?
Jules: A few weeks ago I would have confidently predicted a 2-0 win to the Swans. Now, I predict a 1-0 to the Swans but I would take a 1-1 draw if it was offered to me!
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