The Uruguayan has a tough task ahead.
Sunderland are hoping to have more success after the international break, after installing former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur great Gus Poyet as manager.
The Black Cats have lost six of their seven Premier League matches so far in 2013/14 and have just a single point – leaving the north east club languishing at the bottom of the table.
Poyet’s predecessor Paolo Di Canio was sacked after just five games for not only a poor start, but also for publicly falling out with key players and being reported by the squad to chairman Ellis Short.
The new man in charge will have over a week to adjust to the new surroundings and challenges at the Stadium of Light and is ready to improve the club’s fortunes.
“It’s a huge challenge but one I am excited about,” Poyet was quoted by the Mirror.
“I think the key behind my strong home record at Brighton was the connection with the fans – I can see that here also.
“I look forward to proving my ability to the fans – I want them to believe because we need to stick together.”
The South American’s first game in charge will be a tricky away trip to Swansea City on October 19, before hosting fierce rivals Newcastle United.
Di Canio’s second game in charge was also against the Magpies and a 3-0 win for the Italian secured the 45-year-old instant cult status.
If Poyet were to do the same than it’s likely the former Brighton and Hove Albion boss would enjoy the same adulation from the supporters.