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18/10/2013 08:31 BST

Gustavo Poyet: Sunderland Players Need Convincing They Can Stay Up (VIDEO)

Gus Poyet says he needs to "convince" Sunderland players they can avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

Poyet takes charge of rock-bottom Sunderland for the first time at Swansea on Saturday as the club go in search of their first league win this season.

The Uruguayan's attacking approach won plenty of plaudits in his previous job at Brighton but he stressed that the impact could not be immediate.

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Poyet has inherited a side bottom of the table

"I am convinced we've got enough [to stay up]. I need to convince the players," Poyet said. "They need to believe more than anyone."

"When you pay for a ticket as a fan you want to see something special and you want to be proud of your team. There is no better feeling than going back to your friends and talking about one great move or shot or save.

"For that you need quality and an identity and I'm sure we are going to have great times here, but it's a process. The priority is to win. The sooner we start winning the easier it is for the players to relax and understand the way we want to play."