Sunderland set to appoint Gus Poyet as manager in next 24 hours
Gus Poyet will become a Premier League manager for the first time when he takes charge of Sunderland this week, with the Uruguayan confirmed as Paolo Di Canio’s successor.
October 7th, 2013
Poyet has been among the favourites for the vacant role since the Italian was relieved of his duties a fortnight ago, with owner Ellis Short having held preliminary talks with the former Brighton manager before deciding to hire him.
The bookmakers shortened Poyet to 1/10 on their next Sunderland manager market on Monday morning before suspending the betting following the decision by the club’s owner to trust the 45-year-old with improving the team’s fortunes.
The Black Cats sit bottom of the Premier League table after a miserable start, although Kevin Ball saw his team produce two spirited performances in recent weeks against Liverpool and Manchester United.
Indeed, Sunderland took the lead against the Red Devils on Saturday and could have been two goals to the good before Adnan Januzaj played his team back into the game and eventually scored the winning goal.
Poyet has limited managerial experience after being in charge of Brighton between 2009 and 2013, although he did take the Seagulls into the Championship and they reached the play-offs last term before being beaten by Crystal Palace.
However, Poyet was assistant manager to Dennis Wise at Swindon and Leeds United, while he was briefly on the coaching staff at Tottenham supporting Juande Ramos for the Spaniard’s short stint in charge of the club.