GUS POYET admits he would not still be Sunderland's head coach if he did not think they could preserve their Premier League status.
The Black Cats return to league action against Crystal Palace tomorrow sitting inside the bottom three with 12 games remaining and knowing the survival fight in which they have been engaged, almost from the start of the season, is likely to continue until its death throes.
Poyet inherited a side which had claimed just a single point from the first 21 they had contested by October and has managed to boost the total to a more respectable, but still insufficient 24, over the 19 league fixtures to date of which he has taken charge.
Poyet said: "That's why I am here. If not, I would be gone, I can promise you that. I wouldn't stay here if I was not convinced it was possible. I am not that type of person that would just lie to myself and lie to people, 'Yes, yes, yes, it's possible'."