Sunderland boss Poyet keeping distance from own son ahead of West Ham clash

Diego Poyet
Diego Poyet

GUS POYET is giving his own son the silent treatment in the run-up to Sunderland’s clash against West Ham this weekend.

Hammers midfielder Diego Poyet is in the squad for Saturday’s visit to the Stadium of Light after returning from a month-long loan spell at Championship outfit Huddersfield.

But his father, Sunderland boss Poyet, has kept his distance from the 19-year-old this week, to avoid any accusations of gaining insider information.

Poyet said today: “I talked to him on Monday after he played in the reserves. He asked to play after he didn’t play for Huddersfield at the weekend.

“I talked to him on Monday night and that’s it.

“I haven’t told him that I’m not going to call him, but I won’t call him.

“I think it’s better.

“I prefer it like that so no-one can question it.

“And I don’t want him to think I’m calling him and wanting to know what he’s going to say (about West Ham).

“I’m avoiding him. I haven’t even spoken to my wife about it!”

Poyet jnr is unlikely to feature on Saturday after featuring just three times for Sam Allardyce’s side since joining from Charlton on a free transfer during the summer.

But the Sunderland head coach admits there will be mixed emotions if the teenager is involved.

“If he plays it’s going to be awkward,” he said.

“It’s going to be uncomfortable for him as well, particularly if he scores a goal!”

As reported earlier this week, Billy Jones and Emanuele Giaccherini will not be involved in Saturday’s game as they make their comebacks from injury.

But Steven Fletcher is now fully fit after he was an unused substitute in last weekend’s draw at Liverpool due to a back problem.

“Fletch is fine, he has trained all week,” added Poyet.

“As for Giacchy and Billy, it’s too early for them, because the rest of the players are alright.

“We don’t need to force them, which is good.

“It would be a risk and we don’t want to lose them again.

“We are going to take it easy, depending on other injuries and how we are doing.”