Gus Poyet says he doesn’t feel any additional pressure despite coming in for criticism from Sunderland supporters in the face of his side’s continuing struggles.
Sunderland were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One Bradford City last weekend and they go into a home game with West Brom on Saturday just two points above the Premier League relegation zone.
The Black Cats boss insists pressure is nothing new and feels he can thrive on it.
“I like pressure because it’s the way I have been brought up,” he said. “When you are in Uruguay and you play football for the national team the pressure is there to win.”
The former Brighton boss believes that pressure is part and parcel of football management and he is not sure he would enjoy life without it.
“I have never played football or managed without pressure. I suppose it would be nice but maybe I would not be myself after because I don’t have pressure. It is part of the game. I like it, I really like it,”
With five defeats in their last eight league games, Sunderland are certainly facing an increasingly worrying time.
Albion arrive in the North East on the back of a thumping FA Cup victory over West Ham and Tony Pulis seems to be working his magic once against since taking over from Alan Irvine.
Strikers Brown Ideye and Saido Berahino are in goalscoring form and should present a difficult afternoon for Sunderland’s shaky defence.
The home side are still the favourites though at 2.63 to defeat West Brom, on offer at 3.02 with the draw at 2.95 at the Stadium of Light.