Former Sunderland boss Gus Poyet linked with Ipswich Town role

Former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has been linked with a move to Championship side Ipswich Town should Mick McCarthy leave this summer.

Wednesday, 27th April 2016, 1:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th April 2016, 2:03 pm
Gus Poyet

Poyet - who has also been linked with Nottingham Forest - is on the look-out for a new club after leaving Greek side AEK Athens under a cloud.

Poyet had been a big success at AEK since joining them last October after steering them to second place in the Greek top flight, with 18 wins from his 28 games in charge.

But the Uruguyan released a statement last week confirming he would leave the club when his contract was due to expire in the summer after a meeting between his agent and the AEK hierarchy.

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That prompted AEK owner Dimitris Melissanidis to brand Poyet “immoral” to go public with his decision on the eve of the Greek Cup semi-final, with Poyet relieved of his duties.

And the Sun have reported Ipswich Town are reported to be interested in bringing Poyet to Portman Road should former Black Cats boss McCarthy leave.

The Championship side have failed to match last year’s achievements of reaching the play-offs and next season will be Town’s 15th successive season in the second tier.

The Sun report tensions are growing as fed up fans want to see the excitement factor back at the club.

Poyet's number two is Ipswich Town legend Mauricio Taricco.

Poyet has been linked with vacancies at both Swansea and Nottingham Forest this season, yet there had been discussions over extending his AEK contract.

But the statement from Poyet - who left Sunderland just over a year ago - made it clear that the outcome of his agent’s talks with the club left little room for manoeuvre, with the disagreement thought to have stemmed from transfer plans.

"After the meeting between the president and my manager and after reading misleading reports in the press for the meeting, I sat with the assistants and all my coaching team," said Poyet.

"I explained why the meeting took place and what was said in it and decided that will I leave in the summer against my original desire and intention to stay at AEK."