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Gus Poyet has signed a three-year deal to become the new Sunderland manager.

The former Brighton boss was the preferred choice of owner Ellis Short, who has been persuaded to turn to Poyet by director of football Roberto De Fanti.

Poyet was also close to landing the job when Martin O’Neill was sacked but he was still employed by Brighton at the time and Short was unwilling to pay the compensation.

The chairman/owner opted for Paolo Di Canio instead. Although he kept Sunderland up with two wins in seven last season, his relationship soured with players and the club picked up just one point in four games.

Supporters and players might have preferred caretaker Kevin Ball to have been given the job permanently but his hands were tied by two difficult games against Liverpool and Manchester United. They did beat Peterborough in the Capital One Cup but lost both league matches, despite improved performances.

After signing 14 new players, but just one Englishman, De Fanti has been pushing for a bilingual coach since Di Canio’s ugly exit, which was instigated by unhappy players. Poyet, who has not hidden his desperation to get the job, fits the bill.

Ball has brought some much-needed stability to the club and is expected to return to his role as Under 21 boss.

His promotion to the top job would have had universal backing from supporters, despite the two defeats.

They will have reservations about Poyet, as Short has had during this impasse.

Poyet will have to win fans over by taking Sunderland off the foot of the table, starting at Swansea after the international break.

Source: Mirror

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