At one stage it seemed Poyet was just a few dots and crosses away from replacing Brian McDermott at the Madejski Stadium, only for it to be reported last night that he has pulled out of the running.
In any case questions must be asked as to whether he is the best available candidate for the job.
Should Reading manage to survive this season, they really need a manager with Premier League experience. Should they be relegated, they will need a man who knows what it takes to achieve Championship promotion.
In Gus Poyet, they will have neither.
As successful as the former Chelsea and Tottenham player has been in his time with the Seagulls, it could be argued that more time is needed in his current job before he is considered above the likes of Nigel Adkins – a man who did what Poyet did, in winning promotion from League One, before going a step further and climbing out of the Championship, too.
Reports on Tuesday suggested that the former Southampton boss was the front-runner for the job. Although whether he would take it if it was offered remains in question. But the fact is he has done what the Royals will almost certainly have to do. He has navigated the unpredictable waters of arguably the tightest league in England.
In Poyet’s two seasons in the second tier, his side finished 10th last season and are currently seventh this time round. In fact, they are in no small part relying on Leicester City to continue their free-fall to even make it into the play-offs.
For all the players Poyet has been hailed for enticing to the club, those players haven’t yet managed to secure their goal of promotion. And so for all his obvious talents, a few more years honing those and developing others may see him become a far greater manager than if had walked away for Reading.
Staying where he is may just be the right decision all round, for Poyet, Brighton, and for Reading.
Who do you think is the best man for the Reading job? Or will it be someone else entirely?
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