Gus Poyet was appointed Sunderland manager in October 2013 following the departure of Paolo Di Canio. The Uruguayan had previously spent time as assistant manager at Swindon Town, Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur before managing Brighton and Hove Albion from 2009-2013. Before his becoming a manager he enjoyed a successful playing career at Real Zaragoza, Chelsea and Tottenham – as well being capped more than 25 times for Uruguay
Are there lessons to be learned from Sunderland’s Wembley history? As he seeks to try to eke out every advantage possible for his red-and-white underdogs, perhaps Gus Poyet will be looking to Cup finals past for a bit of inspiration
My one piece of advice to Gustavo Poyet ahead of Sunday's League Cup final is to ban sunbeds. It sounds funny now but in 1997, it was responsible for my worst experience of Wembley when I was playing for Sheffield United in a play-off final against Crystal Palace
Brian was appointed Editor of The Journal in December 2003, joining from Trinity Mirror's Liverpool base where he was Editorial Development Manager for the company's regional titles. He has also held senior positions at the Daily Record and the Evening Express, Aberdeen, as well as being a former Editor of the Lincolnshire Echo.