The long awaited announcement that Gus Poyet is to be the new Head Coach at Sunderland AFC is great news for the Uruguayan. He has long been interested in the club, and was in the running 6 months ago for the post. I'm sure club owner regrets not giving Gus a try sooner given the divisive and disappointing fiasco that accompanied Di Canio's ill fated reign.
He has got his work cut out, with Sunderland trailing in the league, cut adrift after only managing 1 point in seven games. But the talent is there, and the spirited play by the team against Liverpool and Manchester United has given us all great hope. Kevin Ball, the Caretaker manager should take some credit for this, and Poyet would be wise to work closely with this local legend, who many will feel has been unlucky not to have been given a shot at managing himself.
The Uruguayan brings with him a passion and energy that the fans will soon appreciate. All Uruguayans are mad about football. I recall my wife (also born in Montevideo) once forgetting our wedding anniversary meal because the national team were playing!
We really wish him well, and will be praying for a more stable time for the club in the coming months. We want his South American passion, and we need a manger that the players can actually respect.
Finally there is some hope to regain our reputation as a top footballing city. Bring on the Uruguayan!