He signed a three-year contract
Sunderland have appointed Simon Grayson as their new boss on a three-year contract.
Grayson left fellow Championship club Preston to take the job which was vacated by David Moyes after he resigned following their relegation from the Premier League.
Speaking at the announcement, he told the club's official website: “I am delighted to come to Sunderland, a club with such wonderful history and tradition, and I’m excited by the opportunity to manage this club and I want to bring the good times back.
“Sunderland are so fortunate to have such tremendous support and I want to give these fans a team they can be proud of.
“I want a group of players full of desire, team spirit and a never-say-die attitude - that’s the very least that we should expect from a Sunderland player.
“The Championship is a demanding league, but with all the attributes I have highlighted then our aim has to be to get the club back to where it belongs as quickly as possible and I can’t wait to get started,” he added.