Gus Poyet: 'I'll prove myself to Sunderland fans'

Gus Poyet insists that he will try to win over the Sunderland supporters after being named the club's new head coach.

New Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has insisted that he will prove his worth to the club's supporters.

The Uruguayan was confirmed as the Black Cats' new manager this morning on a two-year deal, replacing Paolo Di Canio, who was sacked five games into the Premier League season.

The 45-year-old became an early frontrunner following the Italian's dismissal, but some fans have expressed their discontent at the former Brighton & Hove Albion manager's arrival.

"I look forward to proving my ability to the fans," Poyet told the club's official website. "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 also.

"It's a huge challenge but one I am excited about and I am grateful for the opportunity to manage in the Premier League."

The North-East outfit currently sit at the bottom of the league table, having taken just one point from seven games.

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Brighton manager Gus Poyet during the match against Leicester on April 6, 2013
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