The manager admits he is set for a "make or break" meeting for owner Ellis Short at the end of the season, but promises to stick with the struggling club if he is not sacked
The Uruguayan's side appear almost certain to be relegated from the Premier League, sitting bottom and seven points from safety - albeit with two games in hand on their nearest rivals.
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"You can describe that meeting as 'make it or break it', but at every club, you have a meeting at the end of the season," Poyet is quoted as saying by The Guardian.
"You put across your situation and they put across their situation. Then you discuss things. That doesn't mean you don't want to be here or you're going against the club.
"I'm just trying to get the best situation for Sunderland but also for me. If I can get certain things in place and certain standards, then I know I'm going to be able to do my job better.
"For those standards to be there you need a certain group of players with a certain mentality."
Poyet said he would "rather push to make things better than accept them as they are", even if the end result was being sacked, though he recently said the club had "fundamental problems".
"If I thought it was time to resign, or I wanted to resign, then I would resign, but the situation here has never reached that point," Poyet said. "I find myself in a situation I don't like but I'm looking for a solution.
"I'm coming from a place where to resign is natural because you kind of tell the club 'maybe it's me that's the problem' and people would accept that naturally.
"But I've learnt that here that would be looked at as quitting. And I'm not going to quit. That I can promise you."