Poyet turns down £1.5m chance to keep Reading up
The Brighton manager Gus Poyet last night turned down the offer to take over at Reading, and a £1.5m bonus if he kept them in the Premier League, to stay at the Championship club and push for promotion.
The former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder had met with Reading owner Anton Zingarevich and director of football Nicky Hammond and given the go-ahead for contract negotiations to start. However, after a day of pondering the move and analysing the two squads' relative merits he decided to stay at Brighton, just outside the play-off places on goal difference.
Poyet, above, was unhappy about the prospect of having a relegation against his name and was by no means certain that he could keep Reading, seven points from safety, in the Premier League. By the time he pulled out, the deal was far enough down the road that a £2.5m compensation package had been agreed between the two clubs.
Poyet was Reading's first choice and it is unclear who they will move for next. The former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has been suggested but Eamonn Dolan could stay on until the end of the season.
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