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 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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-SJ

Paolo Di Canio sacked as Sunderland head coach

Word has got around but if you didn’t know already, Sunderland coach Paolo Di Canio has been sacked after only 13 games in charge. The Italian had not won any of his 5 Premier League games this season, and the Black Cats are sitting at the bottom of the table, 2 points adrift of rivals Crystal Palace. Despite only being in charge for 13 games, Di Canio had already made a name for himself for being an animated manager, who often left the touchline to address his players. Sunderland ended last season only one place above the relegation zone, however a win against local rivals Newcastle led to the fans backing him. This season luck has not been on his side as Sunderland have already conceded 11 goals and have only secured one point.

Personally, I think that Sunderland were right in sacking Di Canio as only 3 wins in 13 games is not good enough at any level of football in my opinion, be it the Premier League or League Two. Take part in the poll below if you think that Di Canio should have been sacked or not.

-VE