Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has signed a new deal that will keep him at the club until 2014.
Bruce moved from Wigan Athletic to the Stadium of Light in 2009 and led the club to 13th place in the Premier League in his first season in charge.
This season Sunderland are pushing for a top 10 finish and still have an outside chance of European qualification, leading to Bruce’s reward.
The 50 year-old former Manchester United player is pleased with his new deal, and has been rewarded for some very intelligent signings whilst being in charge.
“I’m delighted to have signed a new contract,” Bruce told Sunderland’s website.
“It’s a magnificent club from top to bottom, with wonderful support and everything is in place here for a manager.
“We have the makings of a fantastic young team.
“It’s been a great challenge so far and one that my backroom team and I have relished so we’re looking forward to continuing with that over the next few years.”
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn added: “It was hugely important to bring stability to this football club and I firmly believe that in Steve we have the man to do just that.
“In only 18 months he has reshaped our squad beyond recognition, bringing in some fantastically talented players, many of whom are young and desperate to achieve and improve.
“He embodies the ethos of teamwork and the importance of camaraderie in creating a wonderful spirit of togetherness amongst the players and staff.
“As someone born and bred in the North East he fully understands the unique passion for football in this region.
“He has already raised the aspirations of not only the players but also the supporters and instilled a belief in everyone that we can go on to achieve the sustained success that we all crave.”