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The 45-year-old Uruguayan took the reins at the Black Cats on Tuesday morning but faces an uphill task to keep the club in the Premier League. Can he do it?

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Sunderland finally appointed Paolo Di Canio's successor as former Brighton manager Gus Poyet took the reins as head coach of the Black Cats.

The Uruguayan signed a two-year deal but his immediate concern will be saving the club from relegation after a disastrous start to the season has seen the north east outfit marooned to the foot of the Premier League.

Despite promising displays under Kevin Ball against Liverpool and Manchester United, Sunderland have accumulated just two points from their first seven matches, leaving Poyet with a monumental task even this early on in the season.

The 45-year-old had success at Brighton, gaining promotion from League One in his first full season at the Seagulls as well as narrowly missing out on promotion to the top flight last year losing in the play-offs to Crystal Palace, but was suspended and relieved of his duties in June of this year.

However he now has the chance to impose his attractive brand of football on a side devoid of confidence, starting with an away trip to Swansea after the international break.


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Poyet arrives with a promising reputation and a hunger to succeed in the top flight, but what do you think of his chances? Does he have enough acumen to keep Sunderland in the Premier League? Or is he set to follow Di Canio's lead and fail spectacularly?

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