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Poyet eyeing quality signings

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet insisted he needs more quality as he launched a thinly-veiled attack on the recruitment policy at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats ensured Barclays Premier League survival with a late surge last season and looked to strengthen in the summer as they signed the likes of Jack Rodwell, Jordi Gomez and Ricky Alvarez.

But the season thus far has not gone to plan with Poyet's men without a win in six games and with just one victory since an 8-0 drubbing against Southampton in October.

With the January transfer window approaching Poyet has made it clear he wishes to strengthen his ranks, although he has suggested that he will have little to do with the process, with sporting director Lee Congerton leading a continental scouting system on Wearside.

"I want more quality. Do I think I'll get it? I don't know," he told several national newspapers.

"You know what is missing. It is clear what we need to do. That is down to recruitment.

"I am a head coach. I am not going to be a head coach when it suits people and a manager when it doesn't. That side of it is down to recruitment.

"So, if you ever get the chance to speak to anyone on the recruitment side and ask them about it, you are lucky. If you don't, don't ask me."

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