Sunderland, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Sunderland have appointed Gus Poyet their new head coach on a two-year contract, the Wearside club confirmed on Tuesday.
Poyet, 45, replaced the sacked Paolo Di Canio, who took charge of the team last March and narrowly helped them escape relegation, but the club has gotten off to a terrible start this term as they sit on the bottom of the Premier League, winless, with just one point from seven matches.
"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 said, via Sunderland's official Twitter feed. "I look forward to proving my ability to the fans. I want them to believe because we need to stick together."
Poyet began his coaching career in England in 2006 with Swindon Town before joining Leeds United as an assistant manager. He then landed at Tottenham as a first-team coach before being appointed manager of Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion in 2009.
The Uruguayan led Brighton to the Championship playoffs last season where they lost to eventual winners Crystal Palace.
"We analyzed 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 official website. "We welcome him to Sunderland."
Poyet's first Premier League match will take place on Oct. 19 against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.