SUNDERLAND midfielder David Vaughan has welcomed Gus Poyet’s arrival at the Stadium of Light.
Vaughan is one of nine Sunderland players on international duty while Poyet attempts to mould a side that can move the Black Cats off the foot of the Premier League table.
But the 30-year-old, with the Welsh squad ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Belgium, has spoken to fellow professionals about Poyet’s methods and has been encouraged by the feedback on the new Sunderland head coach.
Vaughan said: “It’s a good appointment. Hopefully he can get us off the bottom of the league and improve on performances from the start of the season.
“I don’t know a great deal about Gus but I’ve spoken to a few players who have played with or worked under him and they have had good things to say.”
Vaughan was absent for all three of caretaker boss Kevin Ball’s three games in charge with a minor injury.
But the ex-Blackpool man, who started three of Paolo Di Canio’s final four games at the helm, is now fully fit and hopes to play a part in Sunderland’s bid to add to their measly tally of a solitary Premier League point.
“It’s not been a good start,” he added.
“We’ve been in the games and in the last two games we have been unlucky.
“The belief is there and we just need to get a couple of good results then you will see a different side.
“I’ve not played in too many games so hopefully I can get in the team and get a good run of games, and hopefully we can win some games too.
“Under Paolo we did some good things, but it’s down to the players to improve on the results on the pitch.”