Gus Poyet - who last managed Championship side Brighton - has signed a two-year deal with the Black Cats, who are currently rooted to the foot of the Premier League table, having taken just one point from seven games.
Speaking about the appointment on the club 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."
Poyet's time at Brighton came to a controversial end after he was sacked by the South Coast club last season for breach of contract after comments he reportedly made following the club's defeat to Crystal Palace. However, he left the club with his reputation enhanced after securing promotion to the Championship in his second season with the side.
Quoted on the BBC following the announcement of his appointment, the former Chelsea player said, "I look forward to proving my ability to the fans - I want them to believe because we need to stick together. I think the key behind my strong home record at Brighton was the connection with the fans - I can see that here."
Having taken two weeks to decide to appoint Poyet, Short is clearly determined not to repeat the experience that occurred under previous manager Paolo Di Canio. Di Canio was widely panned after criticising his players in public and imposing a strict regime on all club staff.
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