GUS Poyet says he is prepared to put his reputation for playing attractive football on hold while he digs Sunderland out of the mess they find themselves in at the foot of the Premier League.
The Uruguayan was known as a player, and then as a manager at Brighton, as someone who loved to play the beautiful game.
The Seagulls became known during their rise under Poyet for playing slick, entertaining, passing football.
But Poyet says improving Sunderland’s style is secondary do doing what needs to be done to improve their points total.
And the first thing he has promised to look at is tightening up a defence which has leaked 14 goals in its last five Premier League games.
“This job is about winning games, and then slowly we will bring the philosophy in,” he said.
“The first task though is addressing our defensive problems, we are conceding far too many goals
“If you concede two and three goals every game, you are not going to win games in this league.
“So it will be a process here.
“First we will be looking at the defence, looking at getting us drawing and winning games, and then eventually get to where we want to be in terms of how we would want to play the game and express ourselves.”
Poyet knows that he has taken on the toughest job in the Premier League, but having taken the players in training today he says he will hit the ground running over the next few days.
“I’ve been training already for this appointment,” he said. “I’ve done my homework on the job.
“I went through the process of applying, waited for the chairman to make the decision, and then I’ve embraced the opportunity.
“And I’m convinced we can do great things here.
“I know it is a challenge, I know it is difficult, but I am looking forward to it.”