Gus Poyet set for Sunderland vacancy
Former Brighton manager prepared to take the reigns on Wearside
Former Brighton manager Gus Poyet is set to be named the new Sunderland manager, according to The Telegraph.
Poyet, who was in the running for the job back in March when Paolo Di Canio was appointed, is now free having been sacked by former club Brighton for misconduct.
The former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder forged a reputation for himself at the Seagulls, having overseen an upturn in the club's fortunes.
During his four seasons with the club, he rebuilt the squad and cemented a reputation for playing attractive passing football, as well as overseeing the club's move into their new home, the AMEX stadium.
It was during the 2010/11 season that Poyet's Albion side stormed League One, taking the title of champions in the process.
Prior to his dismissal, Poyet had ensured that every season had been an improvement for the Seagulls. Poyet took over as Brighton manager in November 2009, guiding the club to a 13th placed finish.
The following season he won the title, before consolidating with an impressive 10th place finish in the Championship.
Last season his Brighton side improved once again, finishing fourth, just four points off of the automatic promotion places. Play-off heartbreak came at the hands of rivals Crystal Palace, who defeated the Seagulls in the semi-final by a scoreline of 2-0.
During the season, Poyet was subject of an approach from Reading, but after talking to the Royals, Poyet opted to remain at Brighton.
In the close season, Poyet was dismissed after a disciplinary hearing, which he had failed to attend in the aftermath of an incident of faecal matter being smeared in the Crystal Palace dressing room.
Poyet's man management skills had been called into question for the way he had dealt with the issue and previous issues, as well as for a strongly worded email that was leaked to the press, calling for members of the marketing department to lose their jobs.
The Uruguayan also came under heavy criticism from former Valencia winger and fan favourite Vicente, who hit out at Poyet's persona and management style.
To-date, his time at Brighton is his only experience of management.
However, Poyet spent time as assistant manager to Dennis Wise at Swindon, before following Wise to Leeds United, yet again as assistant manager.
Poyet left Leeds United in 2007, taking up a role as first team coach to then Spurs boss Juande Ramos. When Spurs dispensed with the services of Ramos, Poyet was to follow suit in leaving the club.
The Telegraph understand that Gus Poyet has been invited to a meeting to discuss his interest in taking over the reigns on Wearside, whilst caretaker manager and former player Kevin Ball takes control for the club's Capital One Cup clash with Peterborough United tonight.
Speculation that Poyet is set to be named the new Black Cats boss went in to overdrive, after renowned football journalist Guillem Balague tweeted: "I think I am going to have to get another guest for the October event..."
Poyet, a friend of Balague, had been expected to attend the October event.
Sunderland stated that they expected that there would be no appointment until after the weekend, when the Black Cats face Liverpool at the Stadium of Light.
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