Poyet: The Coach

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by Oscar Chamberlain

safc.com looks back on Poyet's coaching career.

       Gus took his first steps into coaching as assistant manager to Dennis Wise at Swindon in July 2006.

-          In October of the same year, Poyet followed Wise to Leeds United in the same role he had held at the County Ground.

-          Whilst with Leeds, Poyet’s only match against Sunderland resulted in a 2-0 win for the Black Cats with David Connolly and Grant Leadbitter scoring the goals.

-          After a year at Leeds, Poyet moved to the Barclays Premier League to be part of Juande Ramos’ coaching staff at Tottenham in 2007.

-          In his time as a coach at White Hart Lane, Spurs won the League Cup in 2007-08.

-          Poyet left Tottenham following Ramos’ dismissal in October 2008.

-          In November 2009 Gus made his first move into management with Brighton & Hove Albion.

-          He steered the Seagulls to safety in his first season before winning the League One title in his first full season.

-          Following his first trophy success as a manager, Poyet was awarded the League One Manager of the Year award as well as the Football League’s Outstanding Managerial Achievement Award.

-          Brighton finished in the Championship’s mid-table in their first season back in the second tier before missing out on promotion to the top-flight last season after a playoff defeat to Crystal Palace.

-          The AMEX Stadium proved somewhat a fortress for Poyet’s Brighton in the Championship as they lost just seven of the home league matches the Uruguayan took charge of in the second tier.

-          Equally, the former Chelsea and Spurs player was praised for the way in which he organised the Brighton defence as the south coast side conceded the least goals in the division during the 2012/13 campaign.

In Poyet’s four coaching/management roles he has won his first match on every occasion.