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Oscar Garcia confirmed as next Brighton boss

Posted on Wednesday, 26 June by

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Brighton & Hove Albion have confirmed that former Barcelona player and coach Oscar Garcia will be the club’s next boss, replacing Gus Poyet who was sacked last weekend following an internal investigation into the Uruguayan’s conduct.

Garcia has long been considered as the club’s preferred candidate to succeed Poyet and speculation mounted earlier this morning after Sky Sports’ highly respected spanish correspondent Guillem Balague tweeted that Garcia would be Brighton’s next manager.

Garcia has actually taken on the newly-created role of ‘head coach’. While Gus Poyet issues an appeal against his sacking last week, the club can’t appoint another figure to the job title that Gus had.

Speaking to Seagulls.co.uk, Garcia said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to work in English football for the first time. Brighton & Hove Albion is one of the most exciting and progressive clubs in the country.”

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Oscar Garcia first made his name as an all-action midfielder at Barcelona, spending six years at the club before moving on to Valencia in 1999. After hanging up his playing boots, Garcia returned to Catalonia and spent a spell in charge of Barca’s youth team from 2010-12.

He most recently found success in charge of Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv and led the side to their first league title in ten years last season. Oscar Garcia left his post in Israel this summer and yesterday, Maccabi announced that Garcia’s coaching staff have decided to follow him out of the club – fuelling speculation that the appointment of Garcia and his team was imminent.

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Albion’s previous manager Gus Poyet was sacked from his position at the club on Sunday evening after being suspended from his role for more than a month. It was an acrimonious end to Poyet’s reign, which had brought the club their highest league finish in 30 years.

Oscar Garcia kicks off his tenure at the club competitively with a game against Leeds United in the nPower Championship on August 3rd.

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Corey Pellatt
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