Thursday 29 May 2014
Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has signed a new contract to extend his stay at the Stadium of Light until 2016.
After taking over in October 2013 with the club lying at the foot of the Barclays Premier League with just a point from seven matches, the Uruguayan masterminded a remarkable survival campaign, in which the Black Cats finished 14th in the English top flight.
"Stability is absolutely key to long-term and sustained success for any football club, and this new contract gives both the club and me that stability going forward"
Under his guidance, the Black Cats recorded Barclays Premier League victories away to Chelsea and Manchester United and did the double over north-east rivals Newcastle United.
Poyet also led Sunderland to their first major cup final in more than two decades, beating Manchester United in the two-legged semi-final of the Capital One Cup, before succumbing to Manchester City in the final.
"I am delighted to extend my stay with Sunderland AFC, after an unbelievable season and our famous great escape," Poyet told the club's website. "Stability is absolutely key to long-term and sustained success for any football club, and this new contract gives both the club and me that stability going forward.
"Now it's a different challenge for me and the club and I am relishing the next stage with Sunderland. We achieved so much last season, working together – the club and the fans – and we took many good memories from the season.
"The prospect of creating more of those memories is one which excites me, and now I cannot wait for the next chapter in my career and the history of Sunderland AFC."
Sunderland's sporting director, Lee Congerton, expressed his delighted at Poyet committing his future to Sunderland.
"Our plans are well under way in terms of summer recruitment and we are working hard to bring new faces to the squad ahead of the 2014-15 season," Congleton said.
The first signing was made on Wednesday with the arrival on a free transfer of right-back Billy Jones from West Bromwich Albion.
Poyet's backroom team of Mauricio Taricco, Charlie Oatway, Andy Beasley (goalkeeping coach) and Antonio Pintus (fitness coach) will continue to work alongside the former Brighton & Hove Albion manager.