It has now become public knowledge that Brighton manager Gus Poyet has decided to stay with his current club Brighton and rejected the advances of Premier League club Reading.
For a while, since it became apparent that the south coast side had given their boss permission to speak to Reading that the 45-year-old was seriously considering the job with the view of taking it on. Now though, it seems Poyet has decided to remain with Brighton for the time being and on the face of it that does seem like a good idea.
At Brighton, Poyet is revered by fans and players alike. The transformation the club has undergone since his arrival has been fantastic and at time unbelievable. When Poyet took over in November 2009 the Seagulls were hovering around the League One relegation zone but the Uruguayan steered them to safety before achieving promotion in his first full season with the club.
Now in the Championship, who would have thought Brighton would have been able to sign the likes of Spain international Vicente. Poyet has mixed talented English youth with Spanish flair and general experience. This combination seems to be working well with Brighton sitting in 7th place in the league and only goal difference keeping them out of the play-off places. They also have a brand new stadium and with young players like Lewis Dunk and Jake Forster-Caskey, the future does indeed look bright for Brighton.
Contrast this with the situation at Reading and it suddenly becomes quite easy to see why Poyet decided to stay where he has. Reading are currently 19th in the Premier League, seven points off safety with just eight games to go. Given that they still have to play the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City saving them will be no easy task.
If the likely does occur and the Royals do get relegated, Poyet could be back in the Championship whilst Brighton’s new manager takes them up to the Premier League in the play-offs. You could argue that there really isn’t too much of a difference between the two squads and with a number of stars set to leave should Reading go down it hardly seems like a trade up.
Even if Reading stay up (which is unlikely) and Brighton don’t get promoted the Seagulls just seem to be a far better prospect for any manager than Reading. In my opinion Poyet did the right thing, leaving Reading could have been disastrous for his career. He is an extremely talented manager and deserves to be plying his trade in the top division. This does not mean however that he needs to jump ship and take the first opportunity that comes along.
There is an excellent platform in place for him at Brighton and if they don’t go up this season they will surely be among the contenders next time around.
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