Premier League - The life and times of Gustavo Augusto Poyet

A look at Gus Poyet, who was appointed as Sunderland manager on Tuesday.

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Premier League - The life and times of Gustavo Augusto Poyet
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Gus Poyet

EARLY DAYS:

- Born Gustavo Augusto Poyet Dominguez in Montevideo on November 15, 1967, he made his name at Spanish side Real Zaragoza as an attacking midfielder. The club won the Copa del Rey in 1994 and the European Cup Winners' Cup a year later, defeating Arsenal in the final.

- Became Zaragoza's longest-serving foreign player after his seven-year stay. Scored an impressive 60 goals in 240 games for the club.

- Won 26 caps for Uruguay, scoring three goals, and helped his country win the Copa America in 1995

MOVE TO ENGLAND:

- Poyet moved to Chelsea on a free transfer in 1997 starting the season badly as he suffered a ligament injury. However, he recovered in time to send Chelsea to the 1998 Cup Winners' Cup final by scoring a crucial semi-final second leg goal against Italian side Vicenza.

- Poyet then helped lead Chelsea to a 1-0 victory over Stuttgart in the final, bringing European success to Stamford Bridge for the first time in 27 years.

- After 145 appearances with Chelsea and 49 goals, opportunities became fewer under new manager Claudio Ranieri, so he transferred to Tottenham Hotspur in 2001. Poyet helped the team reach the League Cup final, but they lost 2-1 to Blackburn Rovers in his debut season.

MOVE TO MANAGEMENT:

- Became a player-manager in 2006, serving as assistant to Dennis Wise at Swindon Town, and then in 2007 worked beside head coach Juande Ramos at his former club Tottenham.

- Poyet then moved to Brighton in November 2009, with the club involved in a League One relegation battle. Guided them to safety and then won promotion by lifting the title in his first full season in charge.

- After a 10th-placed finish in the Championship in 2011-12 following their move to the Amex Stadium, Poyet led the side to fourth place in the table in the 2012-13 season, the club's highest league finish since relegation from the old First Division in 1983.

LEAVING BRIGHTON:

- Poyet was fired in acrimonious a month after seeing his Brighton side lose to arch-rivals Crystal Palace in the play-off semi-finals. An unidentified prankster had left a poo on the floor of the visitors' changing rooms ahead of the play-off semi-final second leg, and Poyet wrote an angry memo to club staff furious about the incident. He was suspended and subsequently fired. An appeal against his sacking was denied in July, but he subsequently threatened further legal against his former employers.

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