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The Uruguayan is focused on Premier League survival in the short term before taking advantage of relaxed circumstances between seasons to fully impose his style on the team.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says that he will only be able to get the team playing as he really wants after a summer break.

The Uruguayan replaced Paolo Di Canio at the Stadium of Light on October and has led the Black Cats to two wins, one draw and five defeats, with only one point taken from the last possible 12.

As his side remains five points from safety nearly halfway into the Premier League season, Poyet's focus is on survival by whatever means necessary before he looks to fully implement his plans for the side.

"I still don't think we have a clear system," he told the Shields Gazzette. "Most of the time it looks like 4-3-3 but sometimes it's very offensive and sometimes it's not.

"I'm really looking forward to getting safe and having a beautiful summer training with the players in nice weather. I want them to play my way when they're nice and relaxed. You don't imagine how good it will be for me to have the time, the weather and to train and train."

Sunderland visits fellow Premier League struggler West Ham on Saturday.

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