Gus Poyet – the history of Sunderland’s new head coach

Gus Poyet
Gus Poyet

A look at the career of Sunderland’s new boss, Gus Poyet:

1967: November 15 in Montevideo, Uruguay.

1990: After spells with Grenoble and Club Atletico River Plate, Poyet joins Real Zaragoza.

1993: Makes his Uruguay debut in July against Peru.

1994: Wins Copa del Rey medal as Zaragoza beat Celta Vigo on penalties.

1995: Zaragoza clinch the Cup Winners’ Cup with a 2-1 victory over Arsenal, clinched by Nayim’s famous late goal.

1997: June - After scoring 60 goals in 239 appearances for Zaragoza, he joins Chelsea on a free transfer.

1998: Having missed most of his first season at Chelsea through injury, he recovers to help the club beat Stuttgart 1-0 in the Cup Winners’ Cup final in May. Scores the winner in August as Chelsea beat Real Madrid 1-0 in the UEFA Super Cup.

1999: Finishes the season with 14 goals as Chelsea finish third in the Premiership.

2000: Scores 18 goals in all competitions - including a memorable scissor-kick volley against Sunderland and a double in a FA Cup semi-final win over Newcastle. Plays in the final as Chelsea beat Aston Villa 1-0 to lift the FA Cup.

2001: Joins Tottenham for £2.2million after scoring 49 goals in 145 appearances for Chelsea.

2002: Helps Tottenham reach the League Cup final, but they are beaten 2-1 by Blackburn. Contributes 14 goals in his first season with Spurs, but in August he sustains cruciate ligament damage.

2004: Retires as a player and leaves Tottenham.

2006: Makes himself available as a player while working as assistant coach to former Chelsea team-mate Dennis Wise at Swindon, but never plays. Follows Wise to Leeds in October to form a new management team at Elland Road.

2007: Returns to Tottenham in October to work as first-team coach under Juande Ramos.

2008: Spurs win the League Cup with a 2-1 extra-time victory over Chelsea, but in October Ramos and Poyet part company with the club.

2009: Appointed manager of League One club Brighton in November.

2011: Wins League One title with Brighton. In September, Poyet signs a five-year contract with the club.

2012: Brighton finish 10th on their return to the second tier.

2013: May - Brighton finish fourth in the Championship but, three days after the Seagulls lose to rivals Crystal Palace in the play-off semi-finals, Poyet is suspended and told to stay away from the club. On June 23, Brighton announce Poyet has been sacked.

October 8 - Confirmed as Sunderland head coach on two-year contract.