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LUFC Poyet not interested and critical of Bates

LUFC Poyet not interested and critical of Bates

Former Leeds United assistant manager Gus Poyet says he is not interested in the vacant manager`s position at Elland Road and says Ken Bates was wrong to sack Simon Grayson.

Poyet is now manager at fellow championship side Brighton and Hove Albion, who are Leeds next visitors to Elland Road and he says he is not interested in a move away from the South Coast.

Speaking in the Sussex local paper, The Argus , Poyet said, 'It's a massive club and it's great place to manage, I've got no doubt.

'I would go back to Leeds at any time, of course not right now.

'We'll see what happens because, like I said, it's a magnificent place to manage.'


Poyet was assistant manager to Denis Wise at Elland Road and spent just over a year at the club between 2006-2007.

The former Uruguayan international, helped mastermind Leeds rise from their -15 point start to the season in the 200708 season. That was until he left in October of that season to take up the assistant manager`s post at Tottenham Hotspur.

His departure coincided with Leeds drop in form in League One.

Poyet worked with Bates at Chelsea, where he played between 1997/2001 and Poyet believes that his former employee has got it wrong by sacking Grayson. 'I didn't understand the decision. I like Ken Bates a lot but I'm sorry Ken, wrong.

'You are only able to base your opinion on the results. I've seen Simon's record at Leeds and I think it's very good, so I don't know if it is something we don't know.

'Maybe that is the only situation but at the end of the day he's the chairman, he makes decisions, you live by your decisions. We'll see what happens,"
continued Poyet.

Poyet took over at Brighton in 2009 and led them to the League One title in his first full season with the club.

He signed a new five-year deal with the club in September 2011 and a substantial compensation package would be expected if Bates did try to tempt him back to Elland Road.

Amongst the other candidates currently being mentioned, Neil Warnock is still the clear favourite to take over at Elland Road.

Paul Ince has reportedly said he would be interested in the post, whilst Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark has seen his odds shortened dramatically into 4/1.

Youth team coach Neil Redfearn will be in charge when the side travel to Bristol City on Saturday.


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Writer:Dazza71
Date:Thursday February 2 2012
Time: 1:12PM

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