- Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
- Previous Clubs: Brighton and Hove Albion
- Honours: English League One: 2010
2013/14 English Premier League Record
After making his managerial debut with Brighton, Gus Poyet made the move to Sunderland to replace Paolo Di Canio in October 2013.
Gus Poyet has a tough task up in the North-East.
After spells in France, Uruguay, and Spain as a combative midfielder with an eye for goal, Poyet made the move to Chelsea in 1997 after running down his contract with Real Zaragoza. Four years at Stamford Bridge were followed by three at Tottenham Hotspur before he ultimately called time on his playing career in 2004.
Entering the coaching world alongside former teammate Dennis Wise as his assistant, the pair first worked together at Swindon Town before opting to move to Leeds United. After departing Elland Road, Poyet returned to former club Tottenham to once again serve in a coaching role under Juande Ramos.
Severing his ties with the club when Ramos was sacked in October 2008, Poyet would finally break into management a year later when he decided to fill the vacancy at Brighton. Making a host of new signings, Poyet also sought to bring former Spurs teammate Mauricio Tarrico to the club to serve as his assistant. Tasked with saving the club from relegation in his first season, he would not only achieve that goal but would also guide the club to promotion in his following season.
Doing so with an attractive brand of pass and move that saw Brighton play the ball out from the back, it won Poyet numerous admirers as he became one of English football's most promising young managers. Moving the club into the Amex stadium, Poyet helped established Brighton in the Championship and almost saw his side earn promotion, only narrowly losing out to rivals Crystal Palace in the play-offs.
With Seagulls owner Tony Bloom confirming Poyet had asked to leave the club prior to the play-off clash with Palace, he was subsequently relieved of his duties. Not out of work for long, Poyet was approached by Sunderland in October about taking over the vacancy left by Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland.
Strengths: Poyet has been described as good man manager by his former players and is also noted for his ability to install an attractive brand of football.
Weaknesses: Many have criticised his media-handling after he consistently spoke about other jobs while at Brighton. His lack of plan B while at Brighton was also lamented along with his unwillingness to divert from his preferred 4-3-3.
Career High: Leading Brighton to the Championship is easily his biggest achievement in management.
Career Low: Losing in the play-offs is never easy, even more so when you do it to a bitter rival in Crystal Palace. The limp nature in which Brighton surrendered to Palace was far from impressive and stopped Poyet achieving his dream of taking the club to the Premier League.
Tactics: He plays a 4-3-3 with a talismanic striker leading the line. Casting a tricky winger alongside a more industrious midfielder on the other side, his team likes to play football but also work hard.
Quotes: "It's a big, big challenge, but I am really excited. I thought I would have an opportunity in the Premier League and now I have got it. I need to make sure that I prove they picked the right man to get us from the situation we are in, so I am absolutely delighted." Poyet on his appointment at Sunderland in October 2013.
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