Greece, Switzerland, Ireland, and Scotland… Where are they now?
Gus Poyet –
The eccentric Uruguayan was appointed in 2009 and steered the club away from the relegation zone. The season after (2010-2011) we then finished finished first in League One with a grand total of 95 points. A remarkable achievement considering it was Poyet’s first full season in management. He spent two more years with us, finishing 10th and 4th to reach the play-offs (lets forget about that horrific night!). Anyway that was my short biography of Poyet who had a magical four years at the club which was unfortunately ended with discontent and anger. So… where is he now?
After being sacked by Sunderland in March this year, Poyet was appointed to Greek side AEK Athens in October 2015 along with Mauricio Taricco and Charlie Oatway. AEK currently sit in 2nd place behind Olympiakos (who have 12 wins in 12). Not the most exciting managerial move – however I’m sure Gus, Charlie, and Mauricio are enjoying their time in the sun. Poyet has been linked with the vacant managerial role at Swansea and I’m sure he will be keen to test himself in the top flight again.
Oscar Garcia –
The former Barcelona midfielder joined the Albion in the wake of Poyet’s departure in 2013. He had a different style to Poyet… much more quiet and calm… however that seemed to reflect onto our football. Almost dull and boring. Despite this ‘trademark’ football the Albion fans have some very fond memories of the Spaniard. It goes something like “Mackail Smith, on he’ll go… in towards ULLLLOOAAAA!!!”
Yes, that last minute winner will be remembered for a long time. Despite this dramatic late entry into the play offs, we got hammered by Derby 6-2 on aggregate. Immediately after the play off battering, Oscar offered his resignation to the club. My understanding is that the club wanted him to stay but I guess his heart wasn’t in it anymore. With the Spaniard’s departure was the unfortunate loss of the chant ‘Oscar Garcia’s Sangria’. The main bonus of Oscar’s time with us has to be the way he developed our youth players. Most notably Rohan Ince who had a brilliant breakthrough season. He also handed Solly March his debut with the senior squad.
So… where did he go post-Seagulls?
In June 2014, Oscar joined for a second spell with former club Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. However two months later he left with his family due to political tensions. Soon after this, Oscar joined with Championship side Watford. However about a month later he had to resign for medical reasons due to chest pains.
Meanwhile various newspapers are reporting that Garcia has applied for the vacant Reading job. Like Poyet, he has also been linked to the Swansea too. Expect to see our former coach plying his trade in England soon!
Sami Hyypiä –
Where do we start with this man? Well his credentials looked very promising, managing a 56.86% win percentage, whilst also helping Bayern Leverkusen to 3rd in the league. Many people saw the former Liverpool defender as the man to take us to the Premier League.
Unfortunately this wouldn’t be the case. Dull football. Full backs pushing too high. No potency and sideways passing. At his time of resignation, Brighton were languishing in 22nd place. Can you believe we had one win in 18 games?!
After eight months out of the job, Hyypiä joined Swiss league side FC Zürich. His fortunes seem to have stayed the same however as they are currently sitting 2 points above the relegation zone with 3 wins in 18 games. We hope your managerial career improves Sami.
Russell Slade –
Slade helped steer the club away from relegation during the 2008/09 season (we finished 13th) which was a great achievement. However after a poor start to the 2009/10 season, he resigned as manager.
He then joined Leyton Orient. Slade managed an impressive 42.56 win% percentage. Also picking up one manager of the season award as well as three manager of the month awards in the space of four years.
He is currently with fellow promotion contenders, Cardiff. They are sitting 7th in the table, 12 points behind us.
More managers to be added…
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