Nigel Clough has revealed he believes Gus Poyet is deserving of the npower Championship manager of the month award, despite Clough being pitted against him in the running for the honour.
Brighton are currently sitting at the top of the second-tier table, and are undefeated in all competitions this season. The Sussex club caused an upset in the Carling Cup, defeating Sunderland 1-0, and are riding a wave of success not many expected after they were promoted from npower League One last season.
And while Poyet faces competition from Southampton manager Nigel Adkins and Middlesbrough’s Tony Mowbray as well as Clough for the award, the Derby manager believes the Uruguayan is well deserving after what he’s achieved with the Seagulls last month.
“The guy who’s top of the league Gus Poyet he’s unbeaten having just got promoted and he thoroughly deserves it,” Clough said.
The manager also held praise for fellow newly-promoted side Southampton, who have taken 12 points from five matches.
He added: “The momentum has just continued for both of them and they’ve both invested wisely in the summer.
“They’ve both spent a few quid - Southampton got the money in for [Alex] Chamberlain and Brighton have spent £3million on a striker.”
Clough isn’t too concerned with who takes the plaudits for the month though, with the Derby man insisting it’s a long season and the club’s position on the table is what counts.
“I’ve only just heard about it through the press and we won’t be taking too much notice of that. I don’t rack those sorts of stats up,” he said.
“If we’d have got the break against Burnley and got the point or maybe even all three, it might have been more justified.
“You’re proud of it, but I won’t be losing any sleep over that, there’s plenty of other things round here to lose sleep over.”