Brighton line up Oscar García as possible successor to Gus Poyet

Brighton & Hove Albion have lined up the former Maccabi Tel Aviv manager Oscar García as Gus Poyet's potential replacement.

Poyet, who was suspended by the Championship club last month for alleged breach of contract, attended a disciplinary hearing on Thursday that was aimed at resolving his dispute with the chairman, Tony Bloom. It is expected that an announcement regarding the findings will be made on Friday.

But there appears to be no way back for Poyet at the club he joined in November 2009 for his break into management and the pressing issue concerns the terms of his departure. He is under contract until 2016 and it could cost Bloom around £2.5m to pay him off. Bloom does not want to pay.

It has not been made public precisely how Poyet is supposed to have breached his contract. Working with a relatively tight budget, he took Brighton to the Championship play-offs, where they lost to Crystal Palace in the semi-finals and, afterwards, he displayed his frustration when he wondered whether he had taken the club as far as he could. It is clear, however, that his breakdown with Bloom has been total.

Brighton are ready to turn to García, the 40-year-old Spaniard, who played for Barcelona and coached their youth team for two seasons. He joined Maccabi in May last year for his first post in senior management and led the club to their first league title in 10 years. But he announced his resignation days later, citing personal reasons.

"Some circumstances in life transcend professional matters and I have been forced to suddenly take this decision," he said.

Powered by article was written by David Hytner, for on Thursday 20th June 2013 23.29 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010


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