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No panic from Poyet

Sunderland Boss Gus Poyet is refusing to panic, even though his team are still without a premier league win this season.

The Black Cats have only lost once in the league so far, but they're yet to secure their first victory.

Poyet felt his team's performance last weekend in the goalless draw against Swansea was a big improvement though, and he can see much better times ahead.

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Larsson signs new SAFC deal

Sunderland AFC midfielder Sebastian Larsson, 28, has signed a contract extension with the club until 2017.

The Swedish international joined the club from Birmingham City in 2011. He made 41 appearances for the Black Cats last season, scoring against Southampton in the Capital One Cup and a winner in the 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in May.

“I’m delighted to have signed a new deal with the club. I’ve had talks with Gus and Lee Congerton and I feel that this is a club moving in the right direction and I want to be part of it.

“I had a few options but I want to be at Sunderland and I’m looking forward to the new season.”

– Sebastian Larsson

Poyet given new contract at Sunderland

Gus Poyet Credit: PA

Sunderland AFC's manager Gustavo Poyet has signed a new contract at the Stadium of Light until 2016.

After taking over at the club in October 2013, the Uruguayan led the team to the League Cup Final and finished 14th in the Premier League.

He said: " I am delighted to extend my stay with Sunderland AFC after an unbelievable season and our famous Great Escape.

"Stability is absolutely key to long-term and sustained success for any football club and this new contract gives both the club and me that stability going forward.

“Now it's a different challenge for me and the club and I am relishing the next stage with Sunderland. We achieved so much last season, working together - the club and the fans - and we took many good memories from the season.

"The prospect of creating more of those memories is one which excites me, and now I cannot wait for the next chapter in my career and the history of Sunderland AFC.”

Sunderland AFC’s sporting director, Lee Congerton said: “We are naturally delighted that Gus has committed his long-term future to Sunderland. Our plans are well underway in terms of summer recruitment and we are working hard to bring new faces to the squad ahead of the 2014-15 season."

Poyet’s backroom team of Mauricio Taricco, Charlie Oatway, Andy Beasley (GK coach) and Antonio Pintus (fitness coach) will continue to work alongside him.

Manchester City 2 - 2 Sunderland

Sunderland have earned what could be a crucial point in their relegation battle after drawing 2 -2 away at Manchester City.

But they were only about ten minutes away from what would have been a terrific win.

Poyet's men were 1-0 down after just two minutes but they turned the game on its head thanks to two second half goals from Connor Wickham.

But City equalised in the 88th minute.

Sunderland have now used up their games in hand and are three points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet expects 'no favours' from former Spurs team-mate

Gus Poyet Credit: PA

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet will return to former club Tottenham expecting no favours from old friend Tim Sherwood.

The 46-year-old Uruguayan spent three years at White Hart Lane as a player and had a spell there as a coach too before launching his managerial career.

He played in the same Spurs side as current manager Tim Sherwood, a man he hopes is given the chance to make his mark on the team amid speculation that a replacement is already being lined up.

However, he knows will receive no sympathy from his one-time team-mate as he looks for the victory he so desperately needs to give the Black Cats renewed hope that they can out of Premier League relegation trouble.

Poyet said: "No chance. From Tim Sherwood? No, no, no, no favours."

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