Sam Allardyce has been confirmed as Sunderland manager, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The 60-year old had been out of work since leaving West Ham on the final day of last season, and takes over from previous boss Dick Advocaat who recently left the club.
The Black Cats are struggling in the bottom two of the league, along with fierce rivals Newcastle, and remain winless thus far.
Former Bolton, Blackburn and Newcastle manager Allardyce has penned a two-year deal at the Stadium of Light and is reported to have been owner Ellis Short’s number one target for the vacant position.
There had been suggestions that the ex-Preston and Notts County boss had been unsure as to whether to agree to a job he has described as ‘challenging.
However, he will become the first man to have taken charge of both Sunderland and arch rivals Newcastle when the two meet in the Tyne-Wear derby on October 25th.