Poyet in 2011
|Full name||Gustavo Augusto Poyet Domínguez|
|Date of birth||15 November 1967|
|Place of birth||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Current club||Sunderland (Manager)|
|1989–1990||River Plate (UY)||78||(28)|
|2009–2013||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Gustavo Augusto "Gus" Poyet Domínguez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpoʝet]; born 15 November 1967) is a former Uruguay international footballer and the current manager of English side Sunderland. Poyet previously managed Brighton & Hove Albion between November 2009 and June 2013.
As a player Poyet was a midfielder who began his career with short spells at Grenoble and River Plate (UY). He spent seven years with Real Zaragoza, with whom he won the Copa del Rey and the Cup Winners' Cup. In 1997 Poyet moved to Chelsea on a free transfer, and helped the club win the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. In 2001 he moved on to Tottenham Hotspur, where he saw out the remainder of his career. He was also part of the Uruguay team which won the 1995 Copa América.
After his playing career ended Poyet moved into coaching. He served as assistant manager to Dennis Wise at Swindon Town and Leeds United, and Juande Ramos at Tottenham. In November 2009 Poyet was appointed manager of Brighton and in his first full season led the club to promotion as League One champions, for which he was named League One Manager of the Year by the LMA.
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, a goalscoring midfielder, he began his career with spells at Grenoble and River Plate. Poyet moved to Real Zaragoza in 1990; winning the Copa del Rey in 1994 and the Cup Winners' Cup a year later, beating Arsenal in the final. He became Zaragoza's longest-serving foreign player, and scored 60 goals in 240 games for the club.
Poyet joined Chelsea on a free transfer in June 1997. Not long into his first season at the London club, he suffered cruciate ligament damage, but recovered to play in the team's successful Cup Winners' Cup Final against VfB Stuttgart. The following year, he contributed 14 goals – making him the club's second highest scorer – to help Chelsea finish third in the Premiership, including a crucial headed goal in 1–0 win against Leeds United. He also scored the winner for Chelsea in the 1998 UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid. In 1999–2000, he scored 18 goals (which again made him Chelsea's second highest scorer), with a scissors-kick volley against Sunderland, a long range strike against Lazio, and both of Chelsea's goals in the FA Cup semi-final against Newcastle United, among the most memorable, as the team won the FA Cup and reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
With the arrival of new manager Claudio Ranieri in September 2000, Chelsea was a team in transition. With Ranieri seeking to reduce the average age of the squad, Poyet became surplus to requirements and requested a transfer.
In 145 appearances for Chelsea, Poyet scored 49 goals.
Poyet joined Tottenham Hotspur in May 2001 for around £2.2 million. He scored 14 goals in his debut season for Spurs and helped his team reach the League Cup final, but they lost 2–1 to Blackburn Rovers. His time at the club was blighted by injuries, and he again sustained cruciate ligament damage in August 2002, but still managed 23 goals in 98 games.
He won 23 caps in total, scoring three goals.
In July 2006, he became a player and assistant manager at Swindon Town alongside ex-Chelsea team mate, Dennis Wise. Both Poyet and Wise were given permission to talk about forming the new Leeds United management team on 23 October 2006 and looked set to take the place of caretaker manager, John Carver, until Swindon withdrew permission due to disagreements over compensation. On 24 October 2006, Poyet was confirmed as assistant manager of Leeds with Dennis Wise as the manager. On 29 October 2007, Poyet rejoined his former club Tottenham Hotspur to work alongside new head coach Juande Ramos as a first team coach with Marcos Álvarez as a fitness coach. During his first season as assistant manager at White Hart Lane, he won the 2007–08 League Cup, beating Chelsea 2–1 after extra time in the Final after a penalty from Dimitar Berbatov in normal time and a header early into extra time from Jonathan Woodgate.
Brighton & Hove Albion
On 10 November 2009, Poyet was announced as the new manager of English League One side Brighton & Hove Albion on a one-and-a-half-year contract. Former Tottenham teammate Mauricio Taricco was also announced as Poyet's assistant manager. He steered the club to safety as he had a brilliant start to his career at Brighton by going to Southampton and winning 3–1. He started the 2010–11 season by making a number of signings including Gordon Greer, Radostin Kishishev, Liam Bridcutt, Matt Sparrow, Casper Ankergren and Ashley Barnes. He also signed a new four-year contract along with his assistant Mauricio Taricco.
The season started with five wins from the first eight games putting Brighton top of the League One table. Brighton started the year 2011 with a 5–0 home win on New Year's Day against Leyton Orient. Most notable was a run of eight straight league victories in March, leaving the club 13 points clear at the top with games in hand over all of their closest rivals with the exception of Southampton. Brighton secured promotion to the Championship following a 4–3 home win over Dagenham & Redbridge, Ashley Barnes scoring the winner in the 63rd minute. The League One title was clinched on 16 April 2011, as Brighton beat Walsall 3–1, having been top without slipping since the eighth game of the season and with four games of the season still to play. On 23 May 2011, Poyet was voted LMA League One Manager of the Year for his achievements in the 2010–11 season – his first full season as a football manager.
During pre-season 2011, Poyet twice broke the club's record transfer-fee in signing Will Buckley and Craig Mackail-Smith, and also brought in former Spain and Valencia playmaker Vicente on a free transfer. After an unbeaten start to the 2011–12 season, Poyet was named as Championship manager of the month for August 2011. Poyet shortly after signed a new and improved five-year contract to remain at the club until 2016. In March 2012, Poyet won the Outstanding Managerial Achievement Award at the Football League Awards ceremony, beating Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman and former Huddersfield Town boss Lee Clark.
On 16 May 2013, days after Brighton lost to Crystal Palace in the Championship play-off semi-finals, Poyet was suspended by Brighton and told to stay away from the club pending an inquiry. Poyet reportedly told his players that he could not guarantee whether he would remain at the club, and also intimated that he had taken Brighton as far as he could. On June 23, Brighton released an official statement declaring that Poyet had been informed that "his employment has been terminated with immediate effect". Poyet said that he was only made aware of his sacking when a member of the BBC production staff handed him a printout of the club statement, whilst working as a pundit for BBC Three's coverage of the Spain vs. Nigeria group game in the FIFA Confederations Cup, although club senior management said that Poyet knew of his sacking beforehand. Poyet unsuccessfully appealed the decision.
On 8 October 2013, it was announced that Poyet had been appointed as Head Coach at Sunderland on a two-year contract. His first match in charge resulted in a 4-0 loss versus Swansea. His second game in charge resulted in a 2-1 win against local rivals Newcastle United on 27 October 2013.
His son, Diego (born 8 May 1995), plays for the academy of Charlton Athletic and has played for the England national under-16 football team. He is also eligible to play for Spain by birth, and for Uruguay through his father's nationality.
- As of 17 December 2013
|Brighton & Hove Albion||England||10 November 2009||23 June 2013||194||86||59||49||44.33|||
|Sunderland||England||8 October 2013||Present||11||4||2||5||36.36|
- Real Zaragoza
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1): 1995
- FA Cup (1): 1999–2000
- FA Charity Shield (1) : 2000
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1): 1998
- UEFA Super Cup (1): 1998
- Brighton & Hove Albion
- League One Manager of the Year (1): 2010–11
- Football League Award for Outstanding Managerial Achievement (1): 2011
- According to profile by www.sporting-heroes.net and table by www.soccerbase.com. 57 goals in 239 games according to Yahoo Sport UK's table.
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