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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.

Bardsley "set to leave Sunderland"

Sunderland have suffered a blow in their summer recruitment plans.

It's been reported that Phil Bardsley has turned down a new contract at the Stadium of Light and is set to sign for Stoke City on a free transfer.

The Black Cats were keen to keep the 28-year old defender, but after six years on Wearside, Bardsley says he needs a "fresh challenge".


Newcastle and Sunderland both lose final games

Something to smile about: Gus Poyet's Sunderland side can look forward to Premier League football next season. Credit: PA
Time for reflection: Alan Pardew's Newcastle team have had a disappointing end to the campaign. Credit: PA

The North East's two Premier League teams ended their seasons with defeat today.

The Magpies lost 2-1 to away to Liverpool while the Black Cats were beaten 3-1 by Swansea at the Stadium of Light. The results leave Newcastle 10th in the table and Sunderland 14th.

Sunderland looked doomed when they were bottom of the league at Christmas but Newcastle have ended the season on a disappointing run.

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Poyet: 'Keeping Sunderland up is my biggest achievement'

Gus Poyet has insisted keeping Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League is the biggest achievement of his career.

The 46-year-old Uruguayan was handed the task of sparing the Black Cats from the drop in October, at which point they had collected just a solitary point from their opening seven games.

But on Wednesday evening, they ensured they will play in the top flight once again next season with a 2-0 victory over West Brom which took them to 38 points after a remarkable fourth successive win.

"It's the biggest achievement of my life, for sure. Today is one of the happiest days of my life as well.

I always think about other people. I think about today the fans from this city, how important it is for them to have a team in the Premier League - we have got it, at least for another year - how important for the staff, how important for everybody really, how important for the chairman to be able to plan for the future knowing that we are going to be in the Premier League.

I am delighted for the players. It's been difficult, I can tell you, it's been very, very difficult."

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