Gus Poyet has made it clear to Sunderland’s owner Ellis Short that he is keen to take on the challenge of rejuvenating the team after Paolo Di Canio’s short but ill-fated reign as manager.

Poyet has told Short that he has no qualms about moving to the North East following his departure from Brighton and Hove Albion over the summer and rather than worry about the damage done to morale by Di  Canio he is convinced he can fix it while gelling 14 new signings into a team good enough to pull clear of relegation danger.

Talks are understood to have already taken place with the Uruguayan although Short has indicated previously that he wants to take his time making a decision as he had been stung by how spectacularly his gamble on Di Canio backfired.

This will be Short’s third managerial appointment since he became Sunder­land owner in 2010 and the American is expected to speak to other interested parties in the next 48 hours.