Wilkins backs Poyet for Chelsea job

Former Chelsea Assistant Manager Ray Wilkins has backed Brighton boss Gus Poyet to replace Interim manager Rafa Benitez at the end of the season.

Wilkins, currently working for Sky television following his sacking from Chelsea at the end of 2010, has played down talk of Watford manager Gianfranco Zola taking the role, feeling that Poyet has the experience necessary:

“He loves the club to pieces, plays the right way and would be a good choice,” Wilkins told talkSPORT.

“He’s doing a wonderful job at Brighton, having served his apprenticeship at Swindon and Leeds. He’s got them playing some wonderful football.”

Chelsea came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday, a result where Benitez was largely given the credit for turning the game around, but the Spaniard has made clear his intention to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

Poyet, who spent four years as a player with the Blues, scoring 36 goals, has been in charge at Brighton since 2009, with the Seagulls currently sitting in seventh place in the Championship, a point from the play-off positions.

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