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Gus Poyet is new Sunderland boss

October 8, 2013
By Kristan Heneage and ESPN staff

Sunderland have confirmed the appointment of Gus Poyet as their new manager on a two-year contract, two weeks after the sacking of Paolo Di Canio.

Gus Poyet close up
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Poyet, who had long been favourite for the vacant post, will take charge at the Stadium of Light along with his backroom staff, Mauricio Taricco and Charlie Oatway.

The Uruguayan will fill the void left by Di Canio who, after being appointed to replace Martin O'Neill in March, was sacked five games into the new Premier League season.

Former Sunderland defender Kevin Ball had been operating as caretaker manager while the club searched for a new boss, and had put himself forward as a candidate for the full-time position.

But Sunderland have opted for Poyet, 45, as the man to lift them off the bottom of the Premier League table.

Club owner Ellis Short told Sunderland's official website: "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. We welcome him to Sunderland."

Poyet, meanwhile, is eager to grab his opportunity to coach in the Premier League with both hands, outlining a plan for there to be understanding and trust between himself and the players.

"It’s a big, big challenge," Poyet said. "However, it’s a challenge I’m really excited about. I never thought I would get an opportunity to manage in the Premier League but here I am and it’s now up to me to prove that the right man has been chosen. I’m absolutely delighted."

"I need to address the problems quickly, we -- the team -- need to get better and pick up points -- the sooner we get that first league win the better. It’s my job to have very good communication with the players and for them to understand the way we need them to play football. There has to be good understanding and trust. 

"We need to commit as a group and all work together -- players staff and fans, we need to be strong together."

And Poyet has immediately moved to distance his regime from the previous leadership of Paolo Di Canio, while maintaining he hopes to keep a hold of Sunderland assistant Kevin Ball.

"The time of Paolo has come to an end. We are all different. You cannot compare me to anyone. I am not better or worse, I am different" Poyet told the BBC.

"Kevin doesn't know yet how important he is going to be for me. It is clear you need someone with the qualities Kevin has so I am going to count on him a lot."

Former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder Poyet began his coaching career working under ex-Blues teammate Dennis Wise at Swindon Town and Leeds United before returning the White Hart Lane as first team coach under Juande Ramos.

He took the manager's job at Brighton and Hove Albion in 2009, steering the Seagulls from League One to last season's Championship playoffs, where they lost to rivals Crystal Palace in the semifinals.

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