9 Oct 2013

Sunderland must look forward - Poyet

7:54 am on 9 October 2013

Newly-appointed Sunderland boss Gustavo Poyet says it is time for the club to move on from the troubled tenure of former manager Paolo Di Canio.

Poyet, 45, has been placed in charge of the Premier League strugglers on a two-year contract with an initial task of steering the club out of the relegation zone.

Di Canio was sacked last month and Poyet arrives to find the club six points adrift of safety with only one point from their first seven games.

Poyet's only previous managerial role was a four-year spell at second-tier Brighton and Hove Albion - the Uruguayan keen to prove himself and guide the team to safety.

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.

His first game in charge will be a league match at Swansea City on October the 20th.