Poyet made to wait for Sunderland appointment

Gus Poyet will not be confirmed as the new Sunderland manager until he has convinced owner Ellis Short that he is the right man to replace Paolo Di Canio, the Daily Mirror has reported, despite director of football Roberto De Fanti recommending the appointment of the former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder.

Short wants to meet with Poyet to discover more about his personality and preferred approach to playing before signing off on his appointment, the newspaper adds, insisting on an exhaustive process to ensure the Black Cats get the right man following Di Canio’s weekend dismissal.

Poyet, however, has confirmed he is close to returning to football after leaving Brighton and Hove Albion at the end of the season. “My opportunity to manage Sunderland is there. I’m waiting. Nervously,” he said on Wednesday. “Since the start of the season, I’ve dedicated myself to watching the games of teams that might call me if things weren’t going too well.

Former Mackems defender Kevin Ball took caretaker charge of the team after Di Canio’s departure, leading Sunderland to a Capital One Cup victory over Peterborough on Tuesday. Ball is expected to remain in place for the weekend’s Premier League match with Liverpool at the Stadium of Light.

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