Gus Poyet has been suspended by Brighton and Hove Albion, who have informed the Uruguayan to stay away from the club pending an inquiry.

The Championship club have also suspended assistant manager Mauricio Taricco and first-team coach Charlie Oatway. The inquiry will investigate whether Poyet has breached his contract with comments made in the wake of the play-off semi-final defeat by Crystal Palace.

Poyet, who previously played in midfield for Chelsea and Tottenham, took over Brighton in 2009 and won promotion from League One in 2011.

The Uruguayan guided them to a fourth-place finish in this season’s Championship, but they failed to reach the play-off final after losing 2-0 to Crystal Palace.

Poyet has already expressed that he was looking to assess his future at Brighton but is under contract until 2016.

He has, in the past, made no secret that he would like to manage in the Premier League but rejected the offer to manage Reading.

With Brighton going 10 games unbeaten until they met with Arsenal in the FA Cup in January their flying record came to an end.

Poyet told BBC Sussex on Monday: "I will analyse where we can go and myself as well.

"I have got to think about myself as well sometimes.

"Every summer you sit down and analyse where you can go, where you can get or not and depending on that you have got a project or a way of getting better."

"I've not been in this situation but I don't like it," Poyet added. "It's changed my view completely about everything I was prepared for, so we'll see now.

"I have always said that all the time we keep improving I am going to be at this football club and the day we hit the roof, I'm not.

"Is there something more? Right now I don't know, so I need to make sure I know there is, because if not I am not going to stay forever."

Poyet has been linked with a move to Everton to replace David Moyes, whilst Stoke and Fulham have also been rumoured as potential destinations.

It had been reported that he was unhappy with the budget for next season where he was looking to add to the team, but has now been told to stay away following revelations that he is looking to leave.

A statement was issued confirming Poyet’s suspension that hasn’t really offered any reason for the move.


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