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Poyet stays loyal to Brighton

Gus Poyet opted to stay with Brighton following discussions with Reading over the managerial vacancy at Reading.

It is unclear whether Poyet was formally offered the job, but it is believed he asked for time to consider his options. At one point, the former Chelsea player was the 1/3 favourite to become the new boss at the Madejski Stadium.

The 45-year-old is thought to have been interviewed by Reading on Wednesday, before flying to the Caribbean for a holiday.

But he decided to stay with Brighton, and the Royals have since appointed former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins as their new manager.

Poyet has been in charge of the Seagulls since November 2009, with 82 wins and 54 draws in his 184 games.

Brighton have lost two and drawn one of their last three away games, but are enjoying a superb run of home form. Their last three home fixtures have produced wins against Burnley (1-0), Huddersfield (4-1) and Crystal Palace (3-0) and the Seagulls are unbeaten in the Championship at the Amex Stadium this year, taking 16 points at home from a possible 18.

Poyet's side are in contention for a play-off spot this season. They are currently seventh in the Championship, level on points with sixth-placed Leicester and just one point behind fifth-placed Nottingham Forest.

Brighton visit Nottingham Forest on Saturday and, after a home game against mid-table Charlton three days later, they entertain Leicester on April 6.

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