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Gus Poyet edges closer to the door after missing disciplinary hearing

Posted on Tuesday, 18 June by

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Gus Poyet, Brighton & Hove Albion manager, has been backed by the LMA (League Managers Association) after he failed to attend a disciplinary hearing on Monday, following his suspension.

Assistant manager Mauricio Taricco, the coach Charlie Oatway and Poyet were all suspended by the Seagulls last month after the lacklustre defeat to bitter rivals Crystal Palace in the Championship semi-finals.

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The Sussex club released a statement after the Uruguayan didn’t show up, but the LMA acted quickly to counter that with a statement of their own showing of support for Poyet.

It read: “Brighton & Hove Albion FC ordered Gus Poyet to attend a crucial disciplinary hearing today, despite the fact that he only returned from annual leave yesterday and the charges were not particularised until 13 June.

“Gus needs to have a fair and reasonable opportunity to respond to what we believe are unfounded charges against him.

“Also, it has repeatedly been made clear to the club that Gus’s LMA representative, Richard Bevan, was not available to accompany him today, but was available to attend on Thursday 20 or Friday 21 June as well.

“We believe that our members are entitled to the same legal protections that other employees enjoy. Football clubs need to observe basic employment rights like any other employer in our view. Just to be clear, however, we are confident that Gus will demonstrate there is no case to answer in this matter.

“Late this afternoon the club agreed to adjourn and reconvene the disciplinary hearing to Thursday June 20 2013.”

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In other news, the Seagulls’ first home match at the Amex will come against League Two newcomers Newport County in the first round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday 6th August (7.45pm).

Update @ 4pm: Brighton & Hove Albion response to LMA

Brighton & Hove Albion have responded to the LMA’s statement, by issuing one of their own this afternoon. It reads: “Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club was disappointed and concerned to see comments made by the League Managers’ Association in advance of the reconvened disciplinary hearing involving Gus Poyet. The LMA’s statement was neither fair nor accurate.

The club will not comment further at this stage because it is important that the disciplinary hearing takes place according to the relevant timescales and procedures. Meantime, the LMA is fully aware that the club has reserved its right to consider further action regarding the LMA’s statement once the disciplinary process is complete.”

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Lewis Scrafton
22. Co-founder and editor of SQ Magazine. Studying at University of Sussex. Interned at MATTER and published in The Guardian.

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