Last Updated: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:14
New Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has called on all the club's players to learn English in a bid to improve team spirit in the squad.
Poyet was recently appointed head coach at the Stadium of Light and has been charged with the rather unenviable task of bringing together a side that are currently one of the favourites for relegation, sitting bottom of the Premier League table with no wins this season.
During previous boss Paolo Di Canio's reign, the team almost always looked disjointed and with 13 different nationalities in the squad, communication must certainly have been an issue for the volatile Italian.
Uruguayan Poyet was forced to learn English by captain Dennis Wise when he joined Chelsea and he is looking to enforce the same rule on the whole of his playing staff as he believes it will bring them together.
"Wisey was outstanding," said the boss. "One day, there were a few words in another language that Wisey didn't understand and he said 'that's it'.
"When you are on the pitch, you are with friends. There's a mate there. You should have that feeling anyway because you're playing for the club. But when it's a little bit extra, it pays off."
Things certainly look like they will be tough for Poyet but he'll be looking to make an immediate impact and punters may use their free bet to back him to guide the Black Cats to victory in his first game next Saturday at Swansea.
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