Either Everton or Fulham could be the next destination for Brighton manager Gus Poyet after the Uruguayan was today suspended by the south coast club.
On Monday, Brighton were knocked out of the Championship playoff semi-final after losing at home to Crystal Palace 2-0. There were immediate rumors following the match that Poyet could be leaving the club, which were not dispelled by the manager. And today, Brighton released the following statement:
“Brighton and Hove Albion confirm it has suspended its manager, assistant manager and team coach from their duties. The club will now follow its internal procedures with regard to this matter and will make no further comment at this time.”
According to local newspaper The Argus, Poyet and his assistant plus first team coach were suspended because they refused to deal with the retained list of players that Brighton decided on keeping (as well as the players that were not included on the retained list). The reason why is because Poyet could be leaving the club.
On Brighton’s retained list of players, several pros had their contracts extended while the club said thank you and goodbye to Wayne Bridge, Dean Hammond and Matthew Upson.
With Everton looking for a new manager, and there being a lot of press speculation that Martin Jol could be on his way out of Craven Cottage, Poyet would be a serious contender for both positions. While his Brighton side ultimately fell at the last hurdle before a Wembley appearance, his team played an exciting brand of expansive football that would have fitted in well in the Premier League with additional transfer signings.
With Poyet and his two key coaching staff suspended, it looks like no turning back for Poyet. Where do you think he’ll end up, and do you think he could be a success in the Premier League? Share your opinions in the comments section below.