Gus Poyet suspended by Brighton amid speculation over a switch to Fulham or Everton

Seagulls boss linked to Everton vacancy and Fulham position

Gustavo Poyet's departure from Brighton & Hove Albion moved a step closer when he was suspended by the Championship club along with his assistant, Mauricio Taricco, and first-team coach, Charlie Oatway.

Gustavo Poyet's departure from Brighton & Hove Albion moved a step closer when he was suspended by the Championship club along with his assistant, Mauricio Taricco, and first-team coach, Charlie Oatway.

Sources close to the club have told The Independent that the suspensions are for alleged breaches of contract and not directly related to comments made by Poyet immediately after Monday's 2-0 home defeat by Crystal Palace in the second leg of the Championship play-off semi-final. Within minutes of the final whistle Poyet, 45, who has three years of his contract remaining, said that he would be holding talks with Tony Bloom, the owner, about Brighton's ambition – remarks which were seen as ill-timed and unwelcome both by supporters and those within the club.

"I always said that, during the time we keep improving, I'll be at the football club," Poyet said on Monday. "I need to know whether we've hit the roof or not. Then we'll see. I want us to get better, and as a manager I want to get better. I'm under contract, but we'll see."

However, those remarks would not explain the suspensions of Taricco, a former teammate of Poyet's at Tottenham Hotspur, or Oatway, a long-time club servant and popular former player, who is in the middle of his testimonial year and plans to donate half of the proceeds to the club's community programme. All three were informed of their suspensions by text early on Wednesday evening and have been told to stay away from the Amex Stadium and training ground and have no contact with the players.

A club statement read: "Brighton & Hove Albion has confirmed that it has suspended its manager, assistant manager, and its first-team coach from their duties. The club will now follow its internal procedures with regard to this matter and will make no further comment at this time."

Monday's post-match press conference was not the first occasion on which Poyet had gone public on the fact that Brighton's playing budget was in the bottom half of Championship payrolls. However, although the relative shortage of cash at Brighton was cited in reports of his interest in the Reading job following the dismissal of Brian McDermott in March, The Independent understands that Poyet has also been dissatisfied with other aspects of the belt-tightening at the club in preparation for Financial Fair Play rules that come into effect next season. He is believed to have told the players at a meeting on Tuesday that he could give no guarantees about his future and would not be compiling the retained list, which was released today.

Poyet, nominated for the Championship manager of the month award for April, when Brighton went unbeaten and clinched a play-off berth, will not be short of offers now that, as seems certain, his departure is a matter of when rather than if. He has been linked with the vacant manager's job at Everton as well as posts presently occupied at Fulham and Stoke City. He has also said that he would like to manage Chelsea, where he was a player, and Leeds United, where he was assistant manager to Dennis Wise.

It was after he was sacked at Tottenham along with Juande Ramos, whom he had been assisting, that Brighton gave him his first management job in November 2009. He kept them in League One in his first season, then won the division title in 2010-11 with a style of passing football that drew praise from managers including Harry Redknapp and Arsène Wenger.

This season he took the team to fourth place in the Championship and helped draw the highest average crowds in the division to the Amex Stadium, while also conceding the fewest goals.

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Tottenham legend Jimmy Greaves has defended fans use of the word 'Yid'
people
Life and Style
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Kanye West, performing in New York last week, has been the subject of controversy as rock's traditional headline slot at Glastonbury is lost once again
music
Arts and Entertainment
The Ridiculous Six has been produced by Adam Sandler, who also stars in it
filmNew controversy after nine Native American actors walked off set
Life and Style
Google celebrates Bartolomeo Cristofori's 360th birthday
techGoogle Doodle to the rescue
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living