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With the Black Cats looking likely to be relegated this season, the manager believes the difficulties the club have suffered of late extend beyond performance on the pitch

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has bemoaned the "fundamental problems" at the club as they continue to slide towards Premier League relegation.

The Black Cats succumbed to a 1-0 home defeat to Everton on Saturday, a Wes Brown own goal securing a result that keeps bottom-placed Sunderland seven points adrift of safety with six games remaining.

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And after winning just six league games since taking over in October last year, Poyet believes the issues at the Stadium of Light extend beyond performances on the pitch.

"I think there's something wrong in the football club and it's not an excuse. I need to find that. If I don't find it, we've got a problem," Poyet told reporters.

"I think I know what it is but no, I don't. You know, you think. It's too many times, too many things. I always say to myself 'What happened with Brucie [Steve Bruce] in the second year?', 'What happened with Martin O'Neill?', 'What happened with [Paolo] Di Canio?' and what happens with me now?'

"I don't want to get away from the responsibility because I said on Monday night I am responsible. I am the first one.

"But who is going to be next? A, B, C - you can call him anything and the club will be in the same situation. I don't like it, it's not me. I need to find the solution and whatever it is, I need to put it there."

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