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VIDEO: Gus Poyet’s Amex exit confirmed by Brighton

Posted on Sunday, 23 June by

Poyet leaves Brighton

The ‘Gus Bus’ has taken residence in the American Express Community Stadium dugout for the final time. After a month long internal investigation into the conduct of Gus Poyet, Brighton & Hove Albion have confirmed that the three-and-a-half year managerial tenure of the Uruguayan has come to an end.

Poyet, who was suspended by the club last month in the days following the team’s play-off semi final loss to Crystal Palace, had been in attendance for a disciplinary hearing at the Amex on Thursday. While on paper it was billed as a chance for Poyet to resolve his differences with Albion chairman Tony Bloom, few club insiders believed there was any chance of reconciliation between the pair, whose relationship has become increasingly strained after Reading approached Poyet about their vacant managerial position last season.

An official club statement read: “Gus Poyet has been informed today by Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s internal disciplinary panel that his employment has been terminated with immediate effect.”

“Given the close proximity of the new season, the club will, in conjunction with its board, now seek to appoint an interim manager pending the outcome of a possible appeal. The interim manager will oversee the initial weeks of pre-season preparation alongside the club’s existing staff.”

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Speaking live on the BBC just minutes after the sacking, Poyet said: “I think the BBC have a great story. The manager getting information that he’s being released from his employment during the time of a programme is quite surprising. I still have no communication [with the club]. No text, no email. It’s a story that will continue…I’m the first in this position.”

He continued: “The only thing I’m concentrating on is the appeal. I will appeal. It’s the right thing to do. I cannot stand it anymore. After all this I talk a little bit longer with my lawyers. Until we go through that, we cant make any comments.”

“Why so long? It’s a question for them to answer. It’s never in my hands. Messing with my career? We’ll see. I know the way I work and I’m looking forward to make sure that I clear this first.”

It’s an unsavoury ending to Poyet’s reign at Brighton, where he has enjoyed significant success since joining the club for his first managerial position in November 2009. After steering the club away from the relegation zone that season, he strengthened the side the following summer and secured promotion from League One in his full campaign with the club. He led Brighton into their new stadium for the first time in 2011/12 and last season, led the club to a fourth place finish in the Championship.

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Rumours are already swirling surrounding Poyet’s successor, with sources claiming that Albion have already lined up their man. The favourite for the job is ex-Barcelona midfielder Oscar García – a former colleague of Vicente at Valencia – who led Maccabi Tel Aviv to their first Israeli league title in ten years before resigning. Tim Sherwood, the former Spurs captain, is also thought to be under consideration. Sherwood enjoys a strong relationship with Brighton’s Chief Executive Paul Barber, who had a similar role at Tottenham from 2005-2010.

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Club chiefs will look to move for a new manager quickly with players due to report back for pre-season on Monday. The club’s fixtures for the forthcoming season were announced this week and the Seagulls will start their campaign with a trip to Leeds United on August 3rd.

Watch Gus Poyet’s reaction to the sacking.

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Corey Pellatt
22-year-old editor of SQ Magazine and Media Studies student at the University of Sussex. Freelance writer for clients including BHAFC.

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