Gus Poyet

Where is Gus Poyet now?

Ex Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet retired from playing in 2004 after spending an injury-ravaged three seasons with Tottenham Hotspur.

Poyet won trophies in both Spain and England during his career including the Copa Del Rey with Real Zaragoza and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup, the UEFA Super Cup and the FA Cup with Chelsea.

He also won 26 caps for the Uruguay national side and was a member of the side that won the Copa America in 1995, and was voted the best player in his position at the tournament.

Upon retiring, Poyet made an immediate move into coaching career and was recruited by former team-mate Dennis Wise to work as his assistant manager 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.

After a year at Elland Road 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 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.

He found out about his sacking whilst working as a pundit for the BBC’s FIFA Confederation’s Cup coverage when a member of the production staff handed him a printout of the club statement.

Poyet wasn’t out of work for long and joined Premier League side Sunderland in October 2013 where he managed to avoid 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.

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

However, 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.

His 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.

Once again he made a quick return to football 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 January 2018, he returned to European football management when he joined French Ligue One side Bordeaux as the side’s head coach.

Unfortunately he was sacked from the club in August 2018 when he criticised the club’s hierachy after selling striker Gaëtan Laborde without his consent.

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

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