Poyet gets trusted Brighton team back together at Sunderland

First press call for Gus Poyet as Sunderland AFC Head Coach., at the Academy of Light.
First press call for Gus Poyet as Sunderland AFC Head Coach., at the Academy of Light.
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GUS POYET has immediately moved to reassemble his Brighton backroom team at the Stadium of Light.

The entirety of Paolo Di Canio’s all-Italian staff left Sunderland when the former head coach was axed last month and Poyet has immediately moved to instal his own team on the training ground.

Former Tottenham and Ipswich full-back Mauricio Taricco will act as Poyet’s assistant manager, while ex-Brighton midfielder Charlie Oatway (right) has been appointed to the position of first-team coach.

Ex-Mansfield goalkeeper Andy Beasley will look after Sunderland’s stoppers, in a reunion of all three members of Poyet’s backroom staff at Brighton.

Poyet has also moved to bring in fitness coach Antonio Pintus, who has enjoyed spells at West Ham and Juventus, and worked with the new Sunderland head coach during his playing career at Chelsea.

“Mauricio, Charlie and Andy all worked with me at Brighton,” said Poyet.

“And I know Antonio well from my time at Chelsea.

“I am really grateful to the chairman and to the club for giving me the opportunity to bring my staff with me, because you need the support of your staff.

“They know me, they know what we do and why we do it, and so we can all give the players the same message.”

Beasley, 39, has intertwined his coaching career with Poyet’s, with the pair both part of Dennis Wise’s backroom team at Swindon and then Leeds.

Argentine Taricco, 40, retired in 2011 after making 15 appearances at the tail end of his career for Brighton.

And Oatway, 39, joined Poyet at the Amex Stadium in 2009 after appearing more than 200 times for the Seagulls during his playing career.