New Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has revealed Kevin Ball is bringing him up-to-speed on the playing staff.

The Uruguayan, who has penned a two-year deal at the Stadium of Light, has praised Ball for the information he has provided on his first day in the job.

Poyet said: "He's been excellent with me and I will need him to help me a lot.

"People think that my only chances of getting the job were if we lost.

"But that was not the case.

"Back home, I was supporting Sunderland. I was hoping for them to get three points because it's better to start with four points than one.

"If it wasn't me, then it wasn't me. But at the end of the day, you want to be in the best position. Unfortunately it didn't happen.

"You couldn't fault the commitment of the players with the help of Kevin Ball."

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