Tuesday 08 October 2013
Sunderland have confirmed the appointment of Gustavo Poyet as their new head coach.
"I need to make sure I prove that they picked the right man"
The club have announced that the 45-year-old former Brighton & Hove Albion manager has agreed a two-year contract at the Stadium of Light and will take charge of the Black Cats with immediate effect.
The Uruguayan said he was looking to gain his players' trust and will to play attractive football as he seeks to raise the club from the foot of the Barclays Premier League.
"It's a big, big challenge," Poyet said of his new job. "I thought that I would have an opportunity in the Premier League and now I've got it I need to make sure I prove that they picked the right man to get us from the situation that we are.
"The idea is to address the problems quickly, make sure that we train and convince the players to get better, and then slowly that will make us pick up points. The sooner we win the better, but the idea is to make sure that we understand the way we would like them to play football. We think it's the best way.
"So there has to be a very good communication with the players — understanding, trust. We need to commit as a group. We need to make sure that we are all together, the players, the staff, the fans. Make sure that we are very strong to make sure we can win football games."
Like his predecessor Paolo Di Canio, Poyet began his coaching career in England at Swindon Town, in 2006, before joining Leeds United as assistant manager. After a year at Elland Road, the Uruguayan returned to the club he served as a player, Tottenham Hotspur, as first-team coach, and went on to become assistant manager to Juande Ramos.
"We believe Gus's track record, experience, commitment and passion make him the right man to take us forward"
After taking over as manager of Brighton in 2009 he led the club to promotion to the Championship, won the title of LMA League One Manager of the Year at the end of the 2010-11 season and last season guided the Seagulls to the play-off semi-finals.
"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 chairman, Ellis Short, told the club's website. "We welcome him to Sunderland."
Poyet first arrived in English football as a player with Chelsea in 1997, where he made 105 Barclays Premier League appearances and score 36 goals from midfield. He moved to White Hart Lane in 2001, where he played 76 times in the English top flight, scoring 36 goals. He was capped 26 times for Uruguay.
With Sunderland lying bottom of the Barclays Premier League standings with just a point from seven matches, the first priority for Poyet, who will be joined at the Stadium of Light by backroom staff members Mauricio Taricco and Charlie Oatway, will be to preserve the club's top-flight status. His first match in charge will be the trip to Swansea City on 19 October.