Poyet suspended by Brighton amid Everton talk

Gus Poyet has been suspended as manager of Brighton and Hove Albion after comments made earlier this week, the Daily Mirror has reported, but speculation is growing that the former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is in line to replace David Moyes at Everton.

Poyet is alleged to have told the Brighton squad he is leaving the club this summer, having seen the Seagulls knocked out of the Championship play-offs by rivals Crystal Palace earlier this week. The Brighton board is said to have suspended Poyet and his assistants, Mauricio Taricco and Charlie Oatway, in reply.

The 45-year-old is said to have decided he can do no more at the Amex Stadium, particularly having been told the budget for the club for next season is £10m. Poyet has been at Brighton since 2009, taking the club into the second tier, but is now expected to call time on his tenure. But any club that wants to hire the Uruguayan would have to pay the £2m compensation clause in his contract, signed in 2011.

Poyet has been linked with the imminent vacancy at Goodison Park as well as potential postings at Fulham and Stoke City, where the respective futures of Martin Jol and Tony Pulis have each come into question. Poyet did however turn down the chance to take over at Reading earlier this season.

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