Gus Poyet appointed as Sunderland new Head Coach

Gus Poyet has signed a three-year deal to become Sunderland head coach

Just over two weeks after Paolo Di Canio’s sacking as Sunderland manager, former Brighton manager Gus Poyet has been named as Di Canio’s successor as head coach of Sunderland. The Black Cats sit rock bottom at the foot of the Premier League table and have only 1 point from 7 games this season. Poyet will hope to bring back Sunderland’s form, and rebuild their hopes of staying up this season.

Speaking to the club website, Poyet 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,” added the 45 year old Uruguayan.

Poyet’s only previous managerial role was a four-year spell at second-tier Brighton and Hove Albion but he was sacked as manager in June earlier this year.

Although Di Canio similarly had no top-flight coaching experience when he was appointed in March, Poyet rejected comparisons between the two men saying: “The time of Paolo has come to an end and it is time to move forward,”

“We are all different. You cannot compare me to anyone. I am not better or worse, I am different. I don’t want to be compared to anyone, even the best. It is not right.”

Poyet becomes Sunderland’s sixth permanent head coach in less than five years and he will also be the first Uruguayan to manage a team in the Premier League.

He first came to England as a player in 1997, joining Chelsea from Real Zaragoza and winning the FA Cup, the now defunct UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup, before spending three years at Tottenham Hotspur.

A goalscoring midfielder, he also played for Uruguay 26 times and was a member of the team that triumphed at the 1995 Copa America.

His managerial experience is limited to his time at Brighton but during that spell he led the south coast club to promotion from third-tier League One in 2011 before guiding them to the Championship play-offs last season.

He has also worked as a coach at Swindon Town, Leeds United and Spurs.

Poyet will be joined at the Stadium of Light by his former Brighton colleagues Mauricio Taricco and Charlie Oatway, and will work in conjunction with Sunderland director of football Roberto De Fanti.

Poyet’s first game in charge of the Black Cats will be a tough away match against Swansea.

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Premier League Results and Table 05-06 October

Gameweek 7 – 05 Oct 11:30
05 Oct 12:45 Man City Man City 3:1 Everton Everton
05 Oct 15:00 Cardiff City Cardiff City 1:2 Newcastle Newcastle
05 Oct 15:00 Fulham Fulham 1:0 Stoke City Stoke City
05 Oct 15:00 Hull City Hull City 0:0 Aston Villa Aston Villa
05 Oct 15:00 Liverpool Liverpool 3:1 Crystal Palace Crystal Palace
05 Oct 17:30 Sunderland Sunderland 1:2 Man Utd Man Utd
06 Oct 13:30 Norwich Norwich 1:3 Chelsea Chelsea
06 Oct 13:30 Southampton Southampton 2:0 Swansea Swansea
06 Oct 16:00 Tottenham Tottenham 0:3 West Ham West Ham
06 Oct 16:00 West Brom West Brom 1:1 Arsenal Arsenal

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE 6th OCTOBER

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
PTS
1
7
5
1
1
14
8
16
2
7
5
1
1
11
5
16
3
7
4
2
1
10
4
14
4
7
4
2
1
7
2
14
5
7
4
1
2
17
8
13
6
7
4
1
2
6
5
13
7
7
3
3
1
10
9
12
8
7
3
2
2
6
7
11
9
7
3
1
3
10
9
10
10
7
3
1
3
9
8
10
11
7
3
1
3
9
12
10
12
7
2
3
2
7
6
9
13
7
2
2
3
7
5
8
14
7
2
2
3
7
9
8
15
7
2
1
4
8
11
7
16
7
2
1
4
4
7
7
17
7
2
1
4
5
9
7
18
7
2
1
4
5
9
7
19
7
1
0
6
5
13
3
20
7
0
1
6
5
16
1

Premier League Results and Table 29/09/13

Results

Gameweek 6 – 29 September 2013

29 Sep 13:30 Stoke City Stoke City 0:1 Norwich Norwich
29 Sep 16:00 Sunderland Sunderland 1:3 Liverpool Liverpool

 

 

 

 

 

Barclays Premier League Table 29 September

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
PTS
1
Arsenal
6
5
0
1
13
7
15
2
Liverpool
6
4
1
1
8
4
13
3
Tottenham
6
4
1
1
6
2
13
4
Chelsea
6
3
2
1
7
3
11
5
Southampton
6
3
2
1
5
2
11
6
Man City
6
3
1
2
14
7
10
7
Hull City
6
3
1
2
6
7
10
8
Everton
5
2
3
0
6
4
9
9
Aston Villa
6
3
0
3
9
8
9
10
West Brom
6
2
2
2
6
5
8
11
Cardiff City
6
2
2
2
6
7
8
12
Man United
6
2
1
3
8
8
7
13
Swansea City
6
2
1
3
8
9
7
14
Norwich City
6
2
1
3
4
6
7
15
Stoke City
6
2
1
3
4
6
7
16
Newcastle
5
2
1
2
5
8
7
17
West Ham
6
1
2
3
4
5
5
18
Fulham
6
1
1
4
4
9
4
19
Crystal Palace
6
1
0
5
4
10
3
20
Sunderland
6
0
1
5
4
14
1 

Premier League Results and Table 28th September

Results Gameweek 6 – 28 Sep 2013
28 Sep 12:45 Tottenham Tottenham  1:1 Chelsea Chelsea
28 Sep 15:00 Aston Villa Aston Villa  3:2 Man City ManCity
28 Sep 15:00 Fulham Fulham  1:2 Cardiff City CardiffCity
28 Sep 15:00 Hull City Hull City  1:0 West Ham WestHam
28 Sep 15:00 Man Utd Man Utd  1:2 West Brom WestBrom
28 Sep 15:00 Southampton Southampton  2:0 Crystal Palace CrystalPalace
28 Sep 17:30 Swansea Swansea  1:2 Arsenal Arsenal

Barclays Premier League Table 28/09/13

Pos
Team
GP
W
D
L
GF
GA
PTS
1
6
5
0
1
13
7
15
2
6
4
1
1
6
2
13
3
6
3
2
1
7
3
11
4
6
3
2
1
5
2
11
5
6
3
1
2
14
7
10
6
5
3
1
1
5
3
10
7
6
3
1
2
6
7
10
8
5
2
3
0
6
4
9
9
6
3
0
3
9
8
9
10
6
2
2
2
6
5
8
11
6
2
2
2
6
7
8
12
6
2
1
3
8
8
7
13
6
2
1
3
8
9
7
14
5
2
1
2
4
5
7
15
5
2
1
2
5
8
7
16
6
1
2
3
4
5
5
17
5
1
1
3
3
6
4
18
6
1
1
4
4
9
4
19
6
1
0
5
4
10
3
20
5
0
1
4
3
11
1

Premier League Preview 28/09/2013

We head into the sixth round of the premier league with Arsenal at the top above Tottenham on goal difference, meanwhile Sunderland are bottom with just one point following the departure of DI Canio. The big match on Saturday is Tottenham vs Chelsea at White Hart Lane, meanwhile Arsenal travel to Swansea hoping to continue their superb away record (10 consecutive away wins,) Man City travel to Aston Villa, Cardiff to Fulham, West Ham to Hull, West Brom to Man Utd and Crystal Palace to Southampton. 

The main news coming from the Arsenal camp is that Arsene Wenger looks set to receive a new contract during his seventeenth year managing at Arsenal. He’s had some highs (unbeaten season 2003-2004) and some lows (eight seasons without a trophy.) He spoke in a press conference today stating that he was ‘honoured’ to have the backing of Arsenal owner Stan Kreonke. For me as an Arsenal fan, this comes as a great relief as in my opinion, we have the best manager in the premier league and possibly in the world. It would come as a great disappointment to the vast majority of Arsenal fans if Wenger wasn’t offered a new contract and personally, I hope that he ends his managerial career at Arsenal. 

Elsewhere, Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas has commented that he has no regrets about his poor relationship with Jose Mourinho ahead of the London derby between Tottenham and Chelsea. Mourinho refused to make a comment during his press conference before the two sides lock horns. He did however generously say that Tottenham could win the Premier League this season along with five others including his own team. 

The League table is still very open at this early stage in the season and results this weekend should see Arsenal remain at the top with a trip to Swansea however if they fail to get a point, Tottenham, Man City, Chelsea or Liverpool could find themselves topping the BPL. Once again, thanks for reading and enjoy what looks to be a great weekend of football. 

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Chelsea draw Arsenal in Capital One Cup fourth round

West Bromwich Albion 1 Arsenal 1; Arsenal win 4-3 on pens: match report

Chelsea will have to make a short trip along the A4 to visit North London rivals Arsenal in the most highly anticipated tie of the Capital One Cup fourth round. After easily strolling to a 2-0 win away at Swindon, Chelsea will play league leaders Arsenal as they look to proceed into the Quarter Finals of the competition. The Gunners needed a penalty shoot out win against West Brom to book the tie against Mourinho’s men after a 1-1 scoreline at the end of extra time.

Chelsea’s last League Cup match against Arsenal was in the final 6 years ago – Chelsea coming out on top with a 2-1 victory. This was the last time the Blues won the competition. Arsenal on the other hand, have to go back to 1993 to find the last time they won the trophy, with a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday in front of 74,000 spectators.

Elsewhere, Manchester United progressed to the next round as well after defeating arch-rivals Liverpool 1-0 at Old Trafford. Javier Hernandez scored the only goal of the match, after the Mexican slotted home from close range, meeting a delicious corner from Wayne Rooney.The Red Devils, courtesy of that victory, have set up a date with Norwich City at home. Derby rivals Manchester City defeated Wigan convincingly on Tuesday night and will travel to Tyneside to face Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United in the next round.

North London club Tottenham will face Premier League newcomers Hull City, while Mauricio Pochettino’s Southampton face manager-less Sunderland.

Third Round Results

Tuesday 24th September

Burnley 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Manchester City 5-0 Wigan Athletic

West Ham United 3-2 Cardiff City

Sunderland 2-0 Peterborough

Southampton 2-0 Bristol City

Swindon Town 0-2 Chelsea

Watford 2-3 Norwich (After Extra Time)

Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur

Hull City 1-0 Huddersfield Town

Leicester City 2-1 Derby County

Fulham 2-1 Everton

Wednesday 25th September

Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool

Newcastle United 2-0 Leeds United

Tranmere Rovers 0-2 Stoke City

Birmingham City 3-1 Swansea City

West Brom 1-1 Arsenal (After Extra Time. Arsenal win 4-3 on penalties)

The Fourth Round Draw in  Full

Tottenham Hotspur v Hull City

Newcastle United v Manchester City

Burnley v West Ham United

Arsenal v Chelsea

Birmingham City v Stoke City

Manchester United v Norwich City

Sunderland v Southampton

Leicester City v Fulham