08/10/2013 04:39 BST

Gus Poyet Confirmed As New Sunderland Coach

Gus Poyet has been confirmed as the new Sunderland coach.

The Uruguyan has agreed a two-year contract with the Barclays Premier League's bottom club and replaces Paolo di Canio 16 days after his sacking.

Sunderland chairman Ellis Short said: “We analysed a wide range of candidates and believe that Gus's track record, experience, commitment and passion make him the right man to take us forward.

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Poyet has not managed in the Premier League before

“We welcome him to Sunderland.”

Poyet, who discovered he had lost his Brighton job live on BBC TV in the summer, took the south-coast club up to the Championship two years ago, having been appointed in 2009.

He began his coaching career in England in 2006 alongside former Chelsea teammate Dennis Wise at Swindon Town before following him to Leeds United.

After a year at Elland Road, Poyet returned to former club Tottenham where he assisted Juande Ramos when they won the 2008 League Cup.