Manager Gus Poyet (center) led Sunderland to Premier League safety after a disastrous start and has signed a new two-year deal to remain with the club.
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SUNDERLAND, England (AP) - Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has signed a new contract with the Premier League club, keeping the former Uruguay international at the Stadium of Light until 2016.

Poyet enhanced his burgeoning reputation at managerial level by guiding Sunderland to safety last season with four wins from its last five games and also to the League Cup final, where the team lost to Manchester City.

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The 46-year-old Poyet says Wednesday ''I am delighted to extend my stay with Sunderland after an unbelievable season and our famous great escape . the prospect of creating more of those memories is one which excites me.''

Poyet, who joined Sunderland from second-tier Brighton in October on a two-year deal, had been linked with the vacancy at Southampton following Mauricio Pochettino's departure to Tottenham.

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