Stay classy, Brighton!

Last night I watched some of the Confederations Cup match between Spain and Nigeria, at half time the BBC coverage returned to studio where presenter Mark Chapman was joined by pundits who included Brighton and Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet. At this point the match had been fairly interesting and while Spain led 1-0, Nigeria had created a few chances.

However, talk in the studio wasn’t about this, as while the first half was in play Brighton had issued a statement on their website which revealed that Poyet was being let go.


Now, things haven’t exactly been a bed of roses for the Uruguayan at the South coast club, with him serving a suspension at the moment for undisclosed disciplinary reasons, but they could at least have let him know before they issued the statement.

It was a moment of supreme awkwardness to watch, Chapman had to bring it up because how often does an exclusive like this fall into your lap? But there was definitely tension in  the studio during the discussion.

You had to feel for Poyet, who was clearly seething and he did a fairly good job of keeping it under control, but it was a horrible and humiliating way to learn that you’ve lost your job. And an extremely scummy move by the club.

In the great scheme of things being a football manager isn’t a bad job- it pays well, the conditions are fairly cushy and there’s no hard grafting involved- but still it seems to suck in lots of other ways.

It’s in the public eye and you’ve got thousands of people waiting to leap in to criticize you for the slightest mistake, the pressure is intense and there seems to be a growing trend for clubs to totally screw over their managers.

Fans routinely whinge about the lack of loyalty in the modern game, I know because I’ve made the same complaint myself in the past, but with the world of football appearing to be full of double crosses and secret deals and movements, it’s a little daft to expect managers to loyally stick with their clubs when countless times we’ve seen clubs display casual

I know it’s a business and there’s a lot at stake, but I can’t help thinking that more football club boards should remember the best advice you can receive: Don’t be a dick.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.


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