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Gus Poyet has been officially appointed as the new head coach of Sunderland on a two-year contract.
The former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was in charge at Championship side Brighton until June when he was sacked for a breach of club discipline.
The Uruguayan takes over from Paulo Di Canio who departed the Stadium of Light following a 3-0 defeat at West Brom that left the Wearsiders rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
In a statement on the club’s website, chairman Ellis Short said: “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.”
Sunderland have picked up just one point from their first seven matches although under caretaker manager Kevin Ball they had the misfortune to meet both Liverpool and Manchester United in the league.
Di Canio was a fiery character and Black Cats fans will no doubt find that the new incumbent is no shrinking violet either.
The 45-year-old led Brighton to the Championship play-offs yet was suspended after the semi-final defeat to Crystal Palace and learned he had been sacked while appearing as a television pundit.
Poyet will bring former Brighton backroom staff Mauricio Taricco and Charlie Oatway with him in time for his first match in charge away to Swansea on Saturday, October 19.