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Poyet: I like pressure, I wouldn't know how to work without it

Gus Poyet admits he does not know if he could do his job without the pressure football brings.

The 47-year-old head coach (pictured) this week took the unusual step of issuing an open letter to fans after demoralising defeats to QPR in the Premier League and Sky Bet League One Bradford in the FA Cup fifth round had been misinterpreted.

Poyet finds himself in a difficult position heading into today's crucial home clash with West Brom, with the Black Cats having slipped to within two points of the relegation zone in which they were entrenched for much of last season.

However, he insists he thrives under the pressure.

He said: "I like pressure because it's the way I have been brought up. When you are in Uruguay and when you play football and when you play for the national team, the pressure is there to win.

"There is no other result, so it is part of my life.

"Can I work without pressure? I don't know - I have never done it so far. I have never played football or managed without pressure."