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.
Vital Leeds are the proud sponsors of the Thames Valley Whites Regional Supporters club
The fastest growing Leeds United supporters club in the South of England, with over 200 members since its formation in April 2009, travel to all games home and away.
The branch has pick up points at Basingstoke, Reading, Didcot, Abingdon, Oxford, Bicester and Banbury and will consider other pick up points on request.
Vital Leeds offers everything that a Leeds United supporter could wish for. If you can think of something and suggest it, we`ll put it on the website!
With news and views, along with a forum, polls and article comments, everything you need in a fans site is right here!
You can even win prizes, by posting articles comments, posting on the message forum and voting on the polls.
Vital is also 100% interactive. Not only can you have your say on the articles and the forum but you can also suggest an article or a poll so you can air your views.
So why not join Vital today?
It’s easy to register here and enjoy getting involved
To visit the message board, click here.
This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Leeds .
Vital Leeds is now available on both facebook and twitter, so if you are that way inclined and more importantly understand all this new fangled dangled stuff, feel free to watch us, poke us or whatever else you are meant to do there!
Vital Leeds on:
Vital Leeds on:
Join Vital Leeds
It’s easy to REGISTER HERE, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!