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Gus Poyet in contention for Reading job

Poyet in contention for Reading job as they eye new boss for Premier League survival bid

By
Sam Cunningham

PUBLISHED:

19:24 GMT, 12 March 2013

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UPDATED:

20:32 GMT, 12 March 2013

Gus Poyet has emerged as a contender for the vacant manager job at Reading following Brian McDermott's sacking.

The Brighton boss is chasing a Championship play-off spot and Reading would only be keen on a move for the Uruguayan if they could agree a financial deal to bring him to the club swiftly, as they look for someone to keep them in the Premier League.

A source close to Poyet said he would be keen on a move closer to London but added he is happy at Brighton and would only consider taking the job if he was part of a long-term project.

Contender: Gus Poyet is keen on the Reading job

Contender: Gus Poyet is keen on the Reading job

McDermott has left the country with a friend to reflect on the last couple of days after he was left devastated by the decision to sack him.

Paolo Di Canio was installed as an early bookies favourite and is known to want the post and the chance to manage a Premier League club. Roberto Di Matteo is also a candidate, but sources close to the former Chelsea manager say he is not interested.

And Nigel Adkins, who is not currently in charge at a club after he was sacked by Southampton, is under consideration.

Roberto Di Matte

Paolo Di Canio

An Italian's job Roberto Di Matteo is understood not to be keen on the job but Paolo Di Canio is

Reading announced yesterday that owner Anton Zingarevich said it was the 'hardest decision of his life' to sack McDermott but that 'he and Brian remain on good terms after meeting in person on Monday.'

Zingarevich and Eamonn Dolan, head of the club's academy who has been brought in as caretaker manager, met with first team players and staff at their Hogwood Park training ground yesterday.

End of the road: Brian McDermott was sacked by Reading on Monday

End of the road: Brian McDermott was sacked by Reading on Monday

Dolan also held a series of meetings throughout the day ahead of their Premier League match against Manchester United on Saturday, where he is expected to take charge. First team coaches Nigel Gibbs and Yannis Anastasiou have also both left the club.

Following the game against United there is a two-week gap before their next fixture away to Arsenal, and Reading are yet to formally approach any potential candidates.

Brighton v Newcastle – FA Cup live

FA CUP LIVE: Brighton v Newcastle – the action from the Amex Stadium as it happens

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04:00 GMT, 5 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:44 GMT, 5 January 2013

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the FA Cup as Brighton host Newcastle at the Amex Stadium to start the weekend's third round action. The Premier League side are favourites going into their clash at the Championship outfit but they will be wary of their exit at Gus Poyet's team in the fourth round of the competition a year ago.

*Follow live coverage from 12pm*

Weekend opener: Brighton host Newcastle at the Amex Stadium

Weekend opener: Brighton host Newcastle at the Amex Stadium

Andrew Crofts re-joins Brighton from Norwich

Crofts back at Brighton after Poyet makes Norwich midfielder fourth summer signing

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UPDATED:

17:53 GMT, 2 August 2012

Going back: Andrew Crofts has re-joined Brighton from Norwich

Going back: Andrew Crofts has re-joined Brighton from Norwich

Brighton have signed Norwich midfielder Andrew Crofts for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

The 28-year-old rejoins the club two years after leaving for the Canaries and becomes Gus Poyet's fourth summer signing.

Crofts made 50 appearances for Brighton in the 2009/10 campaign before helping Norwich into the Premier League.

Seagulls boss Poyet told the club's official website: 'When we knew about the possibility to bring him back we worked very hard to do that, and it took a few weeks, but we are very pleased to have him.

'We respected his career and helped him when there was interest from Norwich two years ago and he went on to become a very good Championship player as well as proving himself in the Premier League.

'Now I am delighted to have him back and he is going to be a very important player for us. We were always looking to bring experienced players who know this division and the Premiership and Crofty has all of that.'

Brighton want Wayne Bridge on loan

Brighton out to hand Man City outcast Bridge a way back into first team football with loan deal

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UPDATED:

21:46 GMT, 5 July 2012

Brighton want to take Manchester City misfit Wayne Bridge on loan ahead of next season.

The former England international can leave the Etihad Stadium and Seagulls boss Gus Poyet wants to take the left-back as he looks to put together a squad capable of mounting a promotion challenge.

Both clubs would have to come to a resolution over how Bridge's 90,000-per-week wages will be divided.

A way out Brighton want Bridge on loan

A way out Brighton want Bridge on loan

Graeme Jones talks with Swansea break down

Swansea hopes of landing boss Jones in tatters as talks break down

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10:48 GMT, 3 June 2012

Swansea's hunt for a new manger took a dramatic twist with No 1 target Graeme Jones pulling out of the race.

The Wigan assistant manager is the only person Swansea have spoken to about replacing Brendan Rodgers at The Liberty Stadium.

But according to the south Wales Post Jones has rejected the chance to take over following talks with Jenkins.

Graeme Jones: keen on the job

Graeme Jones: keen on the job

Bookmakers on Thursday afternoon suspended betting on Jones making a return to the club where he spent two years between 2007 and 2009 as No 2 to Roberto Martinez, before following the Spaniard to Wigan.

The 42-year-old former Wigan and Doncaster striker was targeted by Swansea in 2010, before Rodgers was eventually appointed.

Brighton's Gus Poyet, Blackpool's Ian Holloway, Birmingham's Chris Hughton and former Denmark international Michael Laudrup have also been linked with the Swansea position.

Wigan No 2 Graeme Jones favourite for vacant Swansea post after bookies suspend betting

Bookies suspend betting on vacant Swansea post with Wigan No 2 Jones favourite

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UPDATED:

17:29 GMT, 31 May 2012

Wigan No 2 Graeme Jones has emerged as the favourite to replace Brendan Rodgers at Swansea after leading bookmakers suspended betting on the identity of the Welsh club's next manager.

Brighton boss Gus Poyet and Blackpool's Ian Holloway had led the betting after Rodgers informed Swansea of his desire to leave and sign a three-year deal at Liverpool. The two clubs are set to agree a compensation deal.

In the running: Graeme Jones (rear) is favourite to take over at the Liberty Stadium

In the running: Graeme Jones (rear) is favourite to take over at the Liberty Stadium

But a surge of bets on Jones saw the 42-year-old's odds come in as far as 1/10.

Jones worked at Swansea as Roberto Martinez's assistant before joining the Spaniard at the DW Stadium in 2009. He was approached by the Swans to take over from Paolo Sousa prior to their appointment of Rodgers in 2010.

But it is understood that Wigan have yet to receive an approach for Jones.

Gus Poyet wanted by Swansea City

Swansea target Brighton boss Poyet to replace Liverpool-bound Rodgers

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UPDATED:

06:03 GMT, 31 May 2012

Swansea City have set their sights on Brighton boss Gus Poyet as they look to swiftly replace outgoing manager Brendan Rodgers.

The club announced on Wednesday that Rodgers would be leaving to take up the Liverpool post, with the deal to be confirmed on Thursday.

And Poyet has emerged as the leading contender for the role, according to the Daily Mirror.

Leading contender: Poyet (right) with Roberto di Matteo at the Pro-Am at the Wentworth Club last week

Leading contender: Poyet (right) with Roberto di Matteo at the Pro-Am at the Wentworth Club last week

A Mirror source at Swansea said: 'The most important thing for the new manager is he will play the same style of football.'

Rodgers led the club to an 11th-placed finish in their first Premier League season and the south Welshmen are keen to ensure that Rodgers' departure doesn't de-rail their progress.

Known for their slick, passing style in a 4-3-3 formation under Rodgers, the appointment of Poyet would see little change in philosophy.

In the swing of things: Poyet is used to playing a similar style to that of Swansea

In the swing of things: Poyet is used to playing a similar style to that of Swansea

Like Rodgers, Poyet has enjoyed success in the Football League, bringing an attractive, attacking brand of football to the Amex Stadium.

The Uruguyuan, who played for Chelsea and Tottenham, won the League One title in his first full season at Brighton before guiding them to a 10th-placed finish in the Championship last term.

Other contenders for the job are Michael Laudrup, Blackpool's Ian Holloway and Birmingham's Chris Hughton.

Aston Villa want Paul Lambert to replace Alex McLeish

Paul right now… Aston Villa want Lambert to replace McLeish as Martinez stays with Wigan

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UPDATED:

20:33 GMT, 30 May 2012

Paul Lambert looks set to become Aston Villa's new manager after their first choice, Roberto Martinez, opted to stay at Wigan Athletic.

Villa's hierarchy will approach Norwich City for permission to speak to the Scot.

Lambert has been on the shortlist of the Midlands club since the day Alex McLeish was sacked. He was joined by Martinez and a third candidate, believed to be Brendan Rodgers, but Villa are happy with a choice that has been made with the fans' blessing.

On the Paul: Aston Villa have made Lambert their No 1 priority

On the Paul: Aston Villa have made Lambert their No 1 priority

It is not yet a done deal and Villa will fall back on other candidates – understood to be Brighton's Gus Poyet or former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez – if they cannot reach agreement with 1997 Champions League winner Lambert.

But the path to appoint the Norwich boss was undoubtedly made easier after Villa made it clear, as outlined in Sportsmail yesterday, that Martinez had lost ground in the race when he was interviewed by Liverpool owner John W Henry last week.

Martinez contacted Villa three days ago to say that his interest in the position was concrete but he was informed by chief executive Paul Faulkner that Randy Lerner was not prepared to wait to get his man and had progressed with alternative plans.

Talks: Martinez held discussion with Liverpool's owners

Talks: Martinez held discussion with Liverpool's owners

Villa have used an intermediary to smooth a path to the Norfolk club and compensation for the 42-year-old should be agreed swiftly.

Lerner was anxious to re-connect with supporters following the ill-advised decision to appoint McLeish and Lambert appeared the most popular choice on fans' websites.

Moving on: Rodgers is set to join Liverpool

Moving on: Rodgers is set to join Liverpool

It means Martinez has missed out on the chance to manage Villa for the second season in succession following his very public snub 12 months ago.

Not that the Wigan boss should worry. He still has two years left to run on his contract with the Lancashire club and Wigan owner Dave Whelan may even look to improve it.

He said: 'Roberto is staying at Wigan and, of course, I am absolutely delighted.

'He was never offered the job at Liverpool because he was not happy with the way that it was presented to him. He has had some talks with Villa but he's not going to go there either. Villa are a fantastic club with great supporters but I never thought they were big enough for him.

'I've said all along that I never thought he would end up there and, fortunately for us, that's how it has turned out.

'If Roberto is to go anywhere, it will be to one of the top clubs in Europe. We're just so pleased he's staying with us.'

Whelan added: 'During the course of our meeting, we discussed a lot of things and it was very productive. I've agreed to his request to up our spending on youth development and training facilities. That's going to be pretty costly as I've agreed to a full-sized indoor pitch – that will cost 1.5million. 'I have also agreed to bring in three or four new players.

'We want Roberto to be happy at Wigan and we will be aiming to make sure that we do everything we can to keep him.'

Gus Poyet wanted by Aston Villa, West Brom and Wolves

Poyet in demand as Villa, West Brom and Wolves eye move for Brighton manager

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UPDATED:

21:53 GMT, 9 May 2012

Gus Poyet is on the verge of quitting Brighton after it emerged he is on the wanted list of three top West Midlands clubs.

On the move Poyet has worked wonders on the south coast

On the move Poyet has worked wonders on the south coast

West Bromwich and relegated Wolves are
on the lookout for new managers and Aston Villa are also considering
Alex McLeish’s future after a disastrous first season in charge.

Poyet has established a reputation for combining attractive football with success after transforming Brighton’s fortunes.

And West Bromwich chairman Jeremy
Peace is considering an official approach to Brighton owner Tony Bloom
after Sunday’s final round of Premier League matches.

But Wolves have emerged as serious
rivals, with owner Steve Morgan and chief executive Jez Moxey under huge
financial pressure to get their relegated club back up at the first
attempt.

Poyet turned down Swansea in 2010 to
stick with Brighton and save them from relegation in his first season.

Albion went on to win the League One title in 2011 before flirting with
the play-offs in their first season back in the Championship. They
eventually finished 10th.

Steve Harper eyes move from Newcastle

Harper eyes loan move as veteran keeper admits he can't budge Krul at Newcastle

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UPDATED:

00:02 GMT, 25 March 2012

Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper will consider an emergency loan move after being frozen out at St James' Park by the emergence of excellent young Dutch stopper Tim Krul.

Harper, who turned 37 this month, has not played for Newcastle this season although he did make five appearances on loan at Championship club Brighton earlier in the season.

'I'd welcome the chance of a loan because I need to play to stay sharp,' he said.

Frustrated: Steve Harper has not played for Newcastle this season

Frustrated: Steve Harper has not played for Newcastle this season

'I've got another year on my contract after this season and I've got no thoughts of retiring yet.

'Tim has the potential to go on and have a fantastic career. The good thing about him is he willing to listen and learn.

'But I want to play, though whether anything can happen I don't know. It is a bit tight now. I got a call from Brighton earlier in the season. People might have been surprised, thinking I wanted to stay closer to home, but I had a really good time there under a fantastic young manager Gus Poyet.'

Harper joined Newcastle from non-league Seaham in 1993 and will celebrate his 20th anniversary at the club next year.

Newcastle face West Brom on Sunday, fighting for a European place in only their second season after winning promotion from The Championship.

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Good cause: Newcastle United players are supporting Sport Relief

Good cause: Newcastle United players are supporting Sport Relief

'I think there are a few mini-leagues across the top two divisions but there isn't much difference between the top teams in the Championship and the bottom five clubs in the Premier League,' said Harper.

'People probably expected us to struggle when we came up and again this season but it's credit to the manager and the players we're having a fantastic season.'

Newcastle are active in promoting this year's Sport Relief which finishes this weekend.

The players have been wearing Sport Relief T-shirts and making appearances to support the cause this week.

Steve Harper and Newcastle United are supporting Sport Relief by endorsing the Official Sport Relief T-shirt. Buy and personalise yours in store or online at Sportsdirect.com