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Do You Remember Gus Poyet?

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, the goalscoring midfielder transferred in 1998 to French outfits Grenoble. He then enjoyed a successful spell with Zaragoza (winning the Copa del Rey and the Cup Winners’ Cup, scoring 60 goals in 240 games) from 1990 to 1997.

In June 1997, Poyet joined Chelsea on a free transfer. For Chelsea, the Uruguayan midfielder capped 145 appearances and scored  49 goals (including Chelsea’s winner in the 1998 Uefa Super Cup against Real Madrid and a scissors-kick against Sunderland). With Chelsea, Poyet won the Cup Winners’s Cup (1998), the European  Super Cup (1998) and the FA Cup (2000).

In May 2001, Poyet joined Spurs, scoring 14 goals in his debut season helping Spurs reach the League Cup Final. He sustained a cruciate ligament damage in 2002 (following the 1997 injury). For Spurs, Poyet scored 23 goals in almost 100 games.

He left Spurs in 2004 and in July 2006 he became a player/assistant manager at Swindon (alongside fellow ex-Chelsea team-mate Dennis Wise). In October 2006, Poyet joined Leeds United as an assistant manager.

In November 2009, Poyet  joined English League One side Brighton & Hove Albion. On April 16 2011, Brighton won the League One title and Poyet was voted League One Manager of the Year for his achievements, in his first full season of management.

Congratulations, Gus! Hope to see you in the Premier League someday.


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