Sunderland have named former Brighton boss Gustavo Poyet as their new manager.
The 45-year-old becomes the eighth manager in charge of the ‘Black Cats’ in the last 7 seasons and the first Uruguayan to take charge of a Premier League side.
Poyet has signed a two-year deal at the Stadium of Light after holding talks with Sunderland owner Ellis Short.
Sunderland currently sits at the bottom of the league table, having recorded just a point from seven matches. They sacked Paolo Di Canio on 22 September after only 13 games and six months in charge.
“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,” Short said about Poyet’s appointment.
The ex-Uruguay international won the European Cup Winners’ Cup with Spanish side Real Zaragoza and the FA Cup with Chelsea (as a player) in the 1990s.
Poyet guided Brighton to safety after joining the club mid-season in 2009 and then won promotion to the Championship by lifting the League One title in his first full season in charge of the ‘Seagulls’.
He led the Amex Stadium outfit to a fourth place finish in the 2012/13 Championship season, the club’s highest league finish since relegation from the Old First Division in 1983.
Brighton dismissed the Uruguayan in June after four years in charge amassing a record of 86 wins, 59 draws and 49 losses in 194 games.
“I look forward to proving my ability to the fans- I want them to believe because we need to stick together,” Poyet told Sunderland’s website.
“I think the key behind my strong home record at Brighton was the connection with the fans- I can see that here also.
“It’s a huge challenge but one I am excited about and I am grateful for the opportunity to manage in the Premier League.”
Poyet won 26 caps for Uruguay, scoring three goals, and helped his country win the Copa America in 1995.