Ex-Brighton boss Gus Poyet odds slashed to be next Sunderland manager

THUMBS UP: Gus Poyet is the bookies favourite
THUMBS UP: Gus Poyet is the bookies favourite

GUS POYET’S odds have been slashed to become the next Sunderland manager, with the Uruguayan now the firm favourite to succeed Paolo Di Canio.

The former Brighton manager has dropped to even money with some bookmakers to be appointed at the Stadium of Light after Sunday night’s dismissal of Di Canio.

Sunderland owner Ellis Short is thought to be an admirer of Poyet and he was in the running to replace Martin O’Neill, before the appointment of Di Canio.

And the 45-year-old fits the profile of the young, “tracksuit” manager which Sunderland have targeted to replace the volatile Di Canio and fit into the club’s new Continental management structure.

Poyet is a free agent after an acrimonious exit from Brighton last May and has been keen to take charge of a Premier League club.

The multi-lingual former Chelsea and Spurs midfielder would also be able to communicate with the bulk of Sunderland’s multi-national dressing room.

Previous favourite Roberto Di Matteo has seen odds lengthen significantly over the last 24 hours, with the Italian thought to have expressed reservations about the Sunderland post.