New Sunderland manager David Moyes says he is relishing the challenge of establishing the club as a Premier League force.
Moyes was today appointed as Sam Allardyce's successor in the Black Cats hotseat.
The 53-year-old has signed a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light after being out of the game since leaving Real Sociedad last year.
He said: “I am delighted to have joined Sunderland. I am relishing the challenge and excited by the opportunity.
“I have taken over a big British club, with a great support and I’m looking forward to working in the Premier League again.
“I look forward to continuing the good work done by Sam."
Moyes will just have a watching brief today as Sunderland take on Rotherham, with coaches Robbie Stockdale and Paul Bracewell taking charge of team matters.
He will then jet out with the squad to France for their pre-season tour, which includes three games.