Former Brighton boss Gus Poyet has been named as Sunderland head coach on a two-year deal.
The Black Cats lie bottom of the Premier League and sacked Paolo Di Canio in September after only 13 games.
“I look forward to proving my ability to the fans – I want them to believe because we need to stick together,” Poyet, 45, told the club website.
He will be joined by his Brighton backroom team of Mauricio Taricco and Charlie Oatway.
“I think the key behind my strong home record at Brighton was the connection with the fans – I can see that here,” added Poyet, who was dismissed by the Seagulls in June.
The former Uruguay international becomes Sunderland’s sixth manager in five years.