Last Updated: Tue, 08 Oct 2013 10:36
Gus Poyet has said he is 'excited' about the challenge of keeping Sunderland in the Premier League after being appointed manager.
The 45-year-old Uruguayan has signed a two-year deal at the Stadium of Light and will take charge with immediate effect as the Wearsiders ended their two-week search for Paolo Di Canio's replacement.
The Black Cats are currently rooted to the bottom of the Premier League with just point from their opening seven matches, leaving them six points adrift of safety and already facing a fight to avoid the drop.
And Poyet, who was sacked by Championship side Brighton at the end of last season after the Seagulls lost out to Crystal Palace in the play-off semi-finals, is now relishing the chance of managing in the top flight and hopefully helping the club avoid relegation.
Poyet said on the club's official Twitter: "It's a huge challenge but one I am excited about and I am grateful for the opportunity to manage in the Barclays Premier League.
"I think the key behind my strong home record at Brighton was the connection with the fans - I can see that here also.
"I look forward to proving my ability to the fans - I want them to believe because we need to stick together."
On appointing Sunderland's sixth manager in less than five years, owner Ellis Short added: "We analysed a wide range of candidates and believe that Gus' track record, experience, commitment and passion make him the right man to take us forward."
Punters looking to use a free bet can back Poyet to have an immediate impact on Sunderland by guiding them to victory against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium in his first game at the helm on October 19.
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