Former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is struggling to turn around the fortunes of Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.

The 49-year-old former Uruguayan international midfielder was appointed the new boss of the Chinese club last November soon after being sacked by Spanish outfit Real Betis.

Shanghai Shenhua were looking to improve on last season’s fourth place finish in the Chinese Super League however all has not gone to plan for Poyet and his troops and the club are on course for their worst finish in six years if results do not improve.

The Flower of Shanghai are currently sitting in 11th position in the Chinese Super League and manager Poyet is under pressure with his side having lost all of their last three league matches, conceding a whopping 11 goals without reply. The club have already conceded 10 goals more than the total which they conceded during the whole of last season with eight matches left in the current campaign.

After starting his managerial career with Brighton & Hove Albion, Poyet moved to Sunderland where he spent 17 months in charge. The Uruguayan won 30.67% of his matches as Black Cats boss whilst he guided the club to an unlikely trip to Wembley in the 2014 League Cup Final.

Poyet’s greatest achievements at The Stadium of Light were undoubtedly in cup competitions with the former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder having won less than 25% of his matches with Sunderland in the English Premier League prior to his sacking in March 2015.

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