Under-fire Gus Poyet pens open letter to Sunderland fans

first_img1 Gus Poyet Gus Poyet has penned a passionate open letter to Sunderland supporters in which he has urged them to “stay positive” and “not let anyone break our relationship”.The Uruguayan has been under severe pressure in recent weeks having seen his side struggle in the Premier League and exit the FA Cup at the hands of League One side Bradford.His cause has not been helped by comments he made at the turn of the year, when he told fans to ‘stop living in the past’ and show ‘patience’.But Poyet, who has since accused the press of turning the Black Cats natives against him, has now attempted to quell any unrest by calling for everyone at the club to stick together ahead of a crunch clash with West Brom.Sunderland head into Saturday’s meeting with the Baggies at the Stadium Light sitting just two points above the relegation zone, having won just four of their 25 games this season.The letter from Poyet, published on the club’s official website, read: “For the first time in my life I think is time for me to write this letter to you, the fans. When I had the opportunity to become the head coach of Sunderland AFC, I just closed my eyes and remember me sitting at the away dressing room at the Stadium of Light at half time, 4-0 down, Sunderland 4 Chelsea 0, incredible atmosphere, one of the best I ever felt, so the decision was easy, yes I would love the possibility of coaching Sunderland with those fans. Luckily I got the job.“I was brought into the club to stay in the Premier League first and most, then get stability and then progress with an identity in our game.“The first goal was the most difficult task of my life but we not only stayed up in a miraculous way, we went to Wembley for the first time in years, plus successful games against our biggest rivals and enjoyed some incredible victories away from home. What we achieved last year was achieved by all of us together: club (chairman, directors, staff and players) and fans, nobody and I mean nobody from outside helped us a bit, it was only us together.“Then my second aim was to achieve stability, progression and then slowly start bringing a special way of playing football to make you very proud of our team. This takes time, but even if the aim is clear during the process, we need to keep competing and winning games somehow.“During my career as a player, coach or manager, I have always had a fantastic relationship with the fans, from my time in Uruguay going through every team in Europe, always the relationship was strong, one of mutual respect and understanding, I showed from inside or from outside the pitch, my commitment, passion and dedication in achieving what every club deserved.“Of course I went through good and bad times, successful and not so good ones, winning or losing finals, but I left every single club having a recognition from the fans for my honesty, passion and professional work.“So let’s make sure that we don’t let anyone to break our relationship, I promise you that I care and want to win as much as you do and no one thinks more time every day about the team than I do, so I invite all of you to stay positive, to be strong, closer to each other and keep believing in what we started together last year, working harder to make it better this season.“To finish I would like to clarify once more: the main responsible of the results of our team is me, I always said it and I will always accept my responsibility.“I am really looking forward to see the Stadium of Light packed on Saturday, pushing the team to what could be a very important victory.”last_img read more

Halibut quotas for 2018 come in slightly lower than expected

first_imgCredit Creative Commons photo by Ed BiermanThe total allowable catch for the 2018 Pacific halibut season in the Gulf of Alaska and Southeast will be set slightly lower than what U.S. commissioners on the International Pacific Halibut Commission had asked for.Listen nowThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will publish a final rule in the Federal Register Tuesday setting combined charter and commercial quotas in Southeast, area 2C, at 4.4 million pounds. That’s about a 17-percent drop from the total allowable catch in 2017.In the central Gulf of Alaska, area 3A, commercial and charter fishermen will be allocated 9.1 million pounds, a roughly 900,000-pound difference from last year and about 400,000 fewer pounds than what U.S. commissioners requested. In all, Alaskan charter and halibut fishermen will be allowed to harvest 20.5 million pounds, down about 2 million pounds from last year.This comes after Canadian and U.S. IPHC commissioners, who typically set quotas together, could not come to an agreement at their annual meeting in January, the first time since 1990. Both countries decided to set quotas through their own domestic rule-making processes.According to a NOAA press release, the U.S. will continue following the IPHC process, but says it may seek to re-negotiate the 1923 treaty that created the international regulatory body in order “to improve the circumstances for U.S. fishermen.” The 2018 halibut season will open on March 24.last_img read more