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Poyet Dreaming Of Survival, Not Statues

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Despite the makings of another promising cup run, Poyet is still very much prioritising the survival scrap.

Chris Brunskill

Gus Poyet would pick Premier League survival over cup glory if he was in a position to.

After guiding Sunderland into the quarter finals of the FA Cup, the Uruguayan's attention was drawn by reporters to the statue of Bob Stokoe - the last manager to win a major trophy on Wearside - but the current incumbent of the position says following in Stokoe's footprints couldn't compensate for the 'devastation' of relegation.

He said:

I would be devastated if we go down‎

Apparently to be more famous, it's better to win the cup. I don't want any more people knowing me, I think they know me enough, so I would prefer to stay in the Premier League.

I am not looking for a statue. I would prefer to stay in the Premier League.

At the same time, if we win the cup I am going to be jumping up and down and I am going to be wanting to come back here and celebrate with the fans, that's true.

We will see. We will see what happens.

It's an interesting question because it is one that fans have been debating ever since Sunderland dumped Chelsea out of the Capital one Cup back in December. If it had to be one or the other, would you choose cup glory or Premier League survival?

We have certainly covered that debate on Roker Report, and I must admit my answer changes almost weekly. After the penalty shoot-out at Old Trafford, for example, I was giddy on cup magic. Last week when Wes Brown was walking off the pitch, however, I'd have probably traded anything in for guaranteed survival.

In fact, it's all causing too many confusing and conflicting feelings generally. We'll just have to do both and hope that it comes together before my head explodes.