New Sunderland boss Gustavo Poyet has warned his returning international players to expect a “nightmare” 48 hours as he attempts to instil his tactical philosophy at the club.
Poyet, 45, is preparing for his first game in charge of the Wearsiders this weekend when they visit Swansea City.
And having already made a positive impact on those players who remained at the club during the international break, he is hoping for a similar response to those returning from international duty.
“Thursday and Friday will be a nightmare for the players coming back,” Poyet told the Journal. “They will all be together for the first time. I need them all in to convince them to be ready.
“It is going to be very demanding over those days. Mentally, not physically as much. We need them all to know what has been happening over the last eight days, we need them prepared for the Swansea game.”
With Sunderland currently rooted to the foot of the table on one point from their opening seven games, pressure has mounted on the playing squad to quickly rectify the situation.
Given some of the squad have revealed a weight being lifted since the departure of former boss Paolo Di Canio, Poyet has revealed he is eager to make his players feel relaxed upon their return to training.
“I have spoken to a few of the guys who have been away on international duty,” he said. “It’s not nice for the players to be away when a new manager comes in. They will think ‘there’s a new manager who has come in, I haven’t been around, so I am going to be out of the team’.
“It’s nothing to do with that. I want them all to be relaxed about me being here when they come back to training. I want them to just get themselves back here normal, fit. That Thursday and Friday before Swansea will be unbelievable for them. The amount of information they are going to get is incredible.”