Reading speak to Brighton with Poyet on manager’s shortlist

Premier League strugglers Reading have composed a six-name shortlist of candidates to replace Brian McDermott, who was sacked on Monday, with the Daily Mirror claiming the Royals have already approached Brighton and Hove Albion over their manager, former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gus Poyet.

The Uruguayan has been in charge of the Seagulls since 2009, taking the south coast club out of League One and into the Championship. Brighton are currently seventh in the second tier, on the fringes of the play-offs, only a point behind sixth-place Nottingham Forest, who hold the final play-off position.

Poyet moved to Chelsea from La Liga club Real Zaragoza in 1997, spending four years at Stamford Bridge before moving across London to Tottenham, where after three years he ended his playing career.

The 45-year-old became assistant manager to ex-Chelsea teammate Dennis Wise at Swindon Town in 2006, moving with Wise to Leeds United later that year. In October 2007 he took a position at Tottenham under then-manager Juande Ramos, leaving a year later when Ramos was sacked in favour of Harry Redknapp.

Reading are currently second-bottom of the Premier League, above Queens Park Rangers only on goals scored, four points from safety. McDermott was sacked earlier this week after four straight defeats, including a 2-1 home reverse against Aston Villa, having been named the Premier League’s manager of the month just 33 days earlier.

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