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Former Sunderland boss Poyet takes over at AEK Athens

Former Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has agreed to become the new manager of Greek side AEK Athens.

Poyet was sacked by the Black Cats in March and was linked with the vacant post at Aston Villa.

Gus Poyet will manage in Greece. Credit: PA

But AEK, who sit third in the Super League under interim head coach Stelios Manolas, have agreed terms with the 47-year-old.

A statement on their website, under the banner 'The Gus Poyet era at AEK FC begins', read: "AEK FC announces the agreement with the Uruguayan manager Gustavo Poyet until the summer 2016. The new manager will sign his contract tomorrow."

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Starting line-ups: West Brom vs Sunderland

Allardyce: Sunderland need to be resilient

Sam Allardyce admits it could take three successive wins for Sunderland to start feeling like they can drag themselves out of Premier League relegation trouble.

The 60-year-old will send the team he inherited from Dick Advocaat out for the first time at West Brom on Saturday, when even a victory would only be the start for a team five points adrift of safety and without a win in their opening eight league games.

Sam Allardyce will face West Brom in first game. Credit: PA

"Every game is enormous for us. We will have to be consistent, we will have to be resilient, we will have to be mentally tough in terms of believing in ourselves to try to get ourselves out of this position because in all honesty, winning three games on the trot is going to be very difficult for us," Allardyce said.

"But it would be three games winning on the trot before we would even consider ourselves being able to start to feel a little bit safe.

"Even if we win the game at West Brom, it's a nice start, it's a good start, but we are still in that position."

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