Sunderland chairman Ellis Short says Poyet was best out of wide range of candidates

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SUNDERLAND chairman Ellis Short believes Gus Poyet is the ‘right man’ to save the club from relegation after admitting he had several candidates for the job.

Poyet was today confirmed as the club’s new head coach on a two-year deal.

He will replace Polo Di Canio, who was sacked two weeks ago with Sunderland bottom of the Premier League.

Poyet was immediately installed as one of the favourites for the job, and once Roberto Di Matteo cooled his interest in the position, the Uruguayan moved to the top of the betting.

Short, however, refused to rush the appointment, instead taking his time to weigh up a host of possible managers, with caretaker boss Kevin Ball, Rene Meiulensteen and Ralf Ragnick all linked with the job.

Short said: “We analysed a wide range of candidates and believe that Gus’s track record, experience, commitment and passion make him the right man to take us forward.

“We welcome him to Sunderland.”

Poyet will be joined at the Stadium of Light by his backroom staff Mauricio Taricco and Charlie Oatway.