Gus Poyet has been appointed as Sunderland's new head coach on a two-year contract.
The former Brighton and Hove Albion boss had been a long-term favourite to succeed Paolo Di Canio, who was relieved of his duties last month.
Poyet held talks with Sunderland owner Ellis Short following Di Canio's dismissal and has now been chosen ahead of other candidates including caretaker boss Kevin Ball, who oversaw encouraging displays in defeat to Liverpool and Manchester United.
Speaking to the club's official website, Short said: "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.
"We welcome him to Sunderland."
Sunderland currently sit bottom of the Premier League having taken just one point from their first seven matches - they have not won a league game since a 1-0 triumph over Everton on April 20.
Poyet, who managed Brighton for three and a half years before being sacked in May, will become the first Uruguayan to manage in England's top-flight. The 45-year-old has previously served as first-team coach to Juande Ramos at Tottenham.
Mauricio Taricco and Charlie Oatway - who also worked with Poyet at Brighton - will join the backroom team at the Stadium of Light.
His first task will be to prepare his side to face Swansea City after the international break, with a Tyne-Wear derby clash against Newcastle United just eight days later.
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