Sunderland confirm Poyet appointment

Sunderland have confirmed the appointment of Gus Poyet as Head Coach, replacing Paolo Di Canio, on a two-year contract, BBC Sport has reported.

Di Canio was sacked in September, 13 games into his Black Cats tenure, with the club lying bottom of the Premier League table. Sunderland are still rooted at the foot of the division and lost 2-1 at home to champions Manchester United on Saturday evening, with former player and current development coach Kevin Ball in charge of first team affairs.

Poyet was previously manager of Brighton and Hove Albion before being relieved of his duties in May due to an internal investigation and disciplinary hearing, with the Uruguayan’s sacking confirmed in June. Neither Poyet nor Brighton has revealed the reasons for his departure.

The former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder spent four years with the Seagulls and is to be joined at the Stadium of Light by members of the backroom staff he had at Brighton, including former Tottenham defender Mauricio Taricco and Charlie Oatway.

We analysed a wide range of candidates and believe that Gus’s track record, experience, commitment and passion make him the right man to take us forward,” said Sunderland owner Ellis Short on the confirmation of the club’s sixth manager in five years.

Poyet has never managed in the top flight but did work alongside Juande Ramos at Tottenham in in 2007, and was assistant to Dennis Wise at both Swindon Town and Leeds United.

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