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How good is Poyet?

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posted Nov 1, 2010

Paul, you are so right! This is one of the best times that i can remember being a BHA since the great Zamora graced our Blue & white stripes. Gus (& Tanno) have in an incredibly short time frame changed so many things. He is an incredibly astute Manager who has made it plain to all and sundry that HE is the Manager. This attitude was reflected last season in the tussle between him & Nicky Forster who unfortunately thought he could take Gus on in a power struggle (He lost). His style of football has been a complete revelation to most BHA fans who had been well used to Hoof & hope:-). As fans we all realise that with success comes the risk of losing Gus, who undoubtably one day will have bigger fish to fry than us. It was the vision of Tony Bloom to hire GP that has got BHA where they are today & I dont think he has been given enough credit in the press for that. The Bloom family are Brighton through & through & we know how lucky we are for their patronage & support. The Amex Stadium is the icing on the cake & lets not fool ourselves, it has to be one good reason why Gus came & hopefully why he will stay to see us into Falmer, the Championship & beyond. Nobody I know who has seen the Stadium has failed to be impressed. It has been a long time coming, through many heart aches, depression to elation. Onwards & upwards..........Seagulls........

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posted Nov 1, 2010

Totally agree with everything that wiltshireseagull said. Also - the old saying 'you can't make a silk purse....' etc etc applies. Gus has brought together a decent squad and although we haven't (as some think) spent huge amounts on transfer fees, I think that many of our players are on decent wages/contracts. Gus has got them playing as a team, playing good football and we've had a dream start to the season. They'll be some rough patches to come I'm sure but overall the whole momentum of the club, on and off the pitch is extremely positive.

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posted Nov 1, 2010

Bang on wilthshireseagull. He's thick and fast becoming a bit of a legend, potentially great times ahead with him at the helm and much to look forward to! To think since we've been in The Withdean (my dad used to do P.E lessons there... Oh dear) we've spent 3 of those years in The Championship which is a huge achievement considering what we've been through, it's testament to the club and the fans that we have! A proper manager and a proper stadium is what we deserve... Who knows where we could end up if we can hold onto Gus? That's the big question. His reputation can only go up, so we'll have to see. :)

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posted Nov 1, 2010

Well as a life long fan (I am only 20 mind you!) this is the best football I have seen the team playing since I got my season ticket at Withdean, and that is bearing in mind seeing us win two championships and a play-off final which I feel speaks volumes for the way Gus and the team have gone about business so far this term. The turnaround in just a year is astounding, wins away at Charlton last season and this, aswell as saturdays resounding victory at London Road I rate as some of the most complete performances I have seen. Gus, along with Tanno, has got us playing a brand of football with a brand of players that is top notch. Passing from back to front, with patience and persistance. There are no superstars as such in our team, just good solid performers eg Inigo Calderon, Glenn Murray, Gordon Greer and Adam El Abd, the list goes on! This could be the start of something truly special at my club, and with The Amex on the horizon.. the future most definately is blue and white.

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posted Nov 1, 2010

Totally agree with the comments above. Another thing I would mention is that he has greatly improved the organisational structure from the 1st team down. He has got all the sides (reserves, youth team etc.) playing in the same style and introduced a 'development squad' to facilitate younger players moving from the youth ranks to the 1st team. This seems to have worked well so far and should see talented young players such as Lewis Dunk and Jake Caskey move more easily into senior squad.

For the first time in recent memory, it really feels like we have a strong squad and, left back aside, have a ready replacement for every position on the pitch. He has also greatly improved the fitness of the players.

In summary, Gus has been a revelation since arriving and I feel confident we will be there or there abouts for promotion at the end of the season. It is a vindication of the UEFA pro licence coaching badge and more English managers should seriously look at gaining this qualification if standards are going to improve.

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posted Nov 1, 2010

Agree with all above, especially re Forster. Gus appears totally honest with everyone. He says it how it is and I think the players and fans respond to this. It is the first time I have felt confident that the players accept, understand and support the squad system, and so far Gus has successfully shuffled his pack to suit the next game. Long may it continue.

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posted Nov 1, 2010

I think all has been said on how popluar Poyet is.

As for the style of football being played, on the way back from Peterborough on saturday, my dad claimed that this current team is the best he has ever seen footballing-wise in the 40 odd years of him following the Albion.

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posted Nov 1, 2010

In 25 years of supporting Brighton he is the only manager to improve our players through his (and Tarrico's) coaching. I wouldn't swap him for any other manager including Mourinho, Ferguson, Wenger or Pardew :)

He'll be a top manager in the Premier league one day, I hope it's with us.

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posted Nov 1, 2010

Totally agree with all of the above. The only thing I would add is that a couple of weeks ago, you guys in the media were making much of a few dinosaurs in the crowd at Withdean wanting the team to hoof the ball up the field. The implication was that even though Gus has successfully turned things around and got the team playing decent football, the fans weren't happy. Nothing could be further from the truth - funnily enough, the 'hoof it' long ball merchants have gone strangely quiet after the last three results. The vast majority of fans, like me, are having to pinch themselves because after all the dark days we have been through, we are deliriously happy at the way Gus has the team playing.
Oh and in answer to your question - He will go all the way to the top. No doubt at all. I just hope he stays with the Albion long enough to at least get us a few seasons in the Prem. :-D

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posted Nov 2, 2010

I would say just look at his achievements in twelve months. Its not just the first team. Poyet's ethos is spreading throughout the club from the kids up. All the teams are playing the same style and for the younger players it has to be a fantastic education. His creation of the development squad is another indication of his nous and farsightedness.

Unfortunately, he will leave us sooner rather than later, and I'm actually worried about what will happen post-Gus as he has made SUCH a difference to any other manager I've seen at any club over the past 30 years!

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comment by namgo49 (U4244389)

posted Nov 2, 2010

I think he set out his stall when invited to take the job. He knew what he wanted in terms of his coaching staff and structure at all levels which has been duly facilitated by the Chairman, Tony Bloom. The negotiations for the contracts he and his assistant, Tarrichio, signed in the summer were long and protracted. I would hazard it was not the money, but the terms of release were there to be an approach from a "bigger" club. I imagine the wrangling was over the issue of what is a "bigger" club.

He will be a a top four team manager one day and quite possibly with a Premiership club within the period of his contract with Brighton.

I could well see him taking over from Wenger at Arsenal. He wants to see his side play that type of football, total football.

His style is not without it's critics even now, but there is no doubt the side are playing the most stylish stuff I can ever remember in following the club for 45 years.

He has spent money but not in the same way as the likes of Southampton, Huddersfield and Swindon. He gives the tried and proven long term contracts and those who need to prove themselves short term ones. The two Argentinians were given just a year to see how they settle. Sandoza, ex Dundee, got just until the end of the season and if things carry on as they won't get anything more. Bridcutt, released from Chelsea, got 5 months, but negotiations in place to extend.

Fans griped about Forster's treatment but who has been proved correct?

I think it is indicative of the man that Calderon, a player he trialled at the end of 2009 and contracted to the club until the end of the season, looked very much as if he would take the money and go to Southampton but ended up staying with Brighton. If we did not have Poyet would this have happened. Absolutely not! Calderon is a fantastic player, very much in the Gary Neville mold, strong in defence but marauding forward and getting goals. Players at the club have come on leaps and bounds; Painter, Bennett, El-Abd (From Zero to Hero), Elphick etc.

He is so good, as a fan, you do have that niggling worry in the back of your mind as to when he will be off.

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posted Nov 2, 2010

Sorry for Brighton but if Leeds are not near top 6 at Xmas then bates will replace grayson with his close mate poyet.hope not as grayson is good manager but common knowledge that bates and poyet spend time together when bates is in England.Xmas could be sad for Leeds and Brighton as poyet not enough experience for no1 job at club size of Leeds and Brighton could collapse.

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posted Nov 2, 2010

30 years ago we mixed it on the pitch with Dalgleish and Hoddle, Poyet is God like, due to him we are nearer to those glory years than ever since, Please GP do not leave, please take us to the new stadium, you are a legend in Britain's coolest city...

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posted Nov 3, 2010

Although I am a pompey fan....I live just a few minutes from your new stadium..........which is impressive, i drive buy it and it changes each time <ok>

Gus Poyet has been a revelation this season, I hope you keep him and make auto promotion as I am really looking forward to watching the seagulls play us next season <ok>

Well played lads, keep it up <biggrin>

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