Gus Poyet

Where is Gus Poyet now?

Chelsea legend Gus Poyet retired from playing in 2006 and immediately moved into a coaching career as assistant manager to former team-mate Dennis Wise at Swindon Town.

The pair were only at the club for a matter of months before making a move up to Leeds United in the same roles.to form their new management team.

In October 2007 Poyet left Leeds United for Tottenham Hotspur where he joined up with new manager Juande Ramos as his assistant manager.

Turning around a Spurs side that was struggling for form, Poyet and Ramos had a successful first season with a mid-table finish and a League Cup win.

Unfortunately their second season was a disaster and the club endured their worst ever start to the season with just two points from eight games.

Unable to turn around the team’s performances on the pitch, the pair were dismissed in October 2008.

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Poyet was back in football a year later when he was appointed manager of Brighton and Hove Albion and enjoyed a fantastic first full season where his team won the League One title.

After three relatively successful years with the club Poyet was sacked after an initial suspension because he had reportedly told his players that he had taken the team as far as he could.

Poyet wasn’t out of work for long and joined Premier League side Sunderland in October 2013 where he avoided relegation after a four game winning streak at the end of the season.

Unfortunately his side had a terrible second season under his command and he was sacked in March 2015 after recording just four wins in 29 top flight games leaving them fighting for survival.

However, Poyet was soon back in coaching when he was appointed manager of Greek side AEK Athens just six months after leaving Sunderland.

Unfortunately for Poyet his tenure was short-lived at the club and he was sacked in April 2016 after falling out with the club’s president.

In May 2016, Poyet was appointed as head coach of Spanish La Liga side Real Betis but was sacked five months later after just eleven La Liga games.

Poyet’s reign in Spain started off badly with a 6-2 defeat to champions Barcelona but after taking eight points from their next five games his side lost four of the next five games which ultimately led to his dismissal.

Poyet wasn’t out of football for long and in November 2016 he was appointed as the new head coach of Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.

Tasked with improving the side’s third place finish the previous season, Poyet’s side struggled for consistency and he resigned from the club in September 2017 with the team in 12th place.

In between his managerial jobs Poyet has worked as a pundit on various TV channels including BBC, Sky and the Malaysian channel Stadium Astro.

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Gus Poyet: Premier League Statistics

NationalityUruguayan
PositionMidfielder
Appearances187
Goals54
Yellow Cards24
Red Cards2
Premier League Teams Played forChelsea, Tottenham Hotspur

Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com