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Seagulls looking forward to four more years of Gus and Tanno

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Last week, Gus Poyet finally ended any doubt surrounding his future at the club by putting pen-to-paper on a four-year deal.

The Uruguayan manager and his Argentine assistant Mauricio Taricco, signed contracts tying them to the club until June 2014.

After the predictable summer of manager-merry-go-rounds, Poyet found himself linked to Championship duo Swansea City and Portsmouth, with some bookmakers even having him in line for the job at Premier League side West Ham United.

With Poyet about to enter his first full season as a manager, I will admit I was slightly underwhelmed when the club initially announced he was the man to take over from the departing Russell Slade. After the two words ‘Steve’ and ‘Coppell’ were muttered amongst supporters’ it seemed anyone else the club appointed would be a major disappointment.

However, with just eight months gone into his reign on the South Coast, his charm, charisma and ‘flicky flicky’ football, has won me over.

No disrespect to former members of the playing and coaching staff, but this club was stagnating, and we were in serious need of an overhaul. For the last few seasons’, the Seagulls had been at the wrong end of League One, even flirting with relegation. We hadn’t moved into the new generation of football, which became glaringly obvious during the reign of the returning manager Micky Adams.

But, thanks to a real visionary thinker in our young, poker-playing chairman Tony Bloom, the appointment of Poyet has been a masterstroke.

With the club just one season away from moving into the new American Express Community Stadium, the deal has brought some well-timed stability. Finally our club has shaken off the shackles, and moved Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club into a new era.

Since the appointment of Gus, we have made major strides forward as a club. There has been a major contrast in performances since the almost comical first few months of last season, (including a 7-1 defeat to Huddersfield), to the end, which saw the Albion finish the campaign with the fewest away defeats in League One.

Both Gus and Tanno have managed to get the Seagulls playing attractive, passing and most importantly winning football. If heaven forbid, a bigger club did come calling for his signature, I am of the firm belief that once he's implemented more of his ideas, the lure of having to start all over again elsewhere, will be less appealing.

Despite the club making headway in the transfer market, the signatures of the South American pair could prove to be this seasons best signing. Supporters of Brighton should embrace the fact that, we have a young, talented, ambitious management team who have pledged their long-term future to our football club, so let's sit back and enjoy it.

*Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.

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