Former Tottenham midfielder: "I want to manage Arsenal"

Gus Poyet Brighton

Former Tottenham midfielder and assistant coach Gus Poyet has revealed an ambition to manage... Arsenal.

How would Arsenal fans feel about having a former Tottenham midfielder in the dugout, replacing Arsene Wenger?

Gus Poyet says he hopes his previous 'connections' will not prevent him landing the job he really wants.

Poyet goes head to head with Arsene Wenger this weekend when the Gunners travel to Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round, with Poyet's side already having knocked Newcastle out of the competition.

He told the Evening Standard: "Does my Chelsea or Tottenham past mean I cannot be Arsenal manager?

'Look, I’ve been at Leeds (as assistant to Dennis Wise) and the relationship between Leeds and Chelsea was not the best. If you ask any Leeds fan, my relationship with them was absolutely exceptional.

"‘I would love to go back to Leeds because they know how much I care for the club and how much I will give the club. Same with Arsenal. The only thing is I need to be ready."

Poyet played more than 80 games for Tottenham between 2001 and 2004, and more recently served as an assistant under Juande Ramos.

Recent history has provided mixed 'success' for managers going to their club's rivals; Sunderland fans never took to elf-confessed Newcastle fans Steve Bruce, but Manchester City fans gave former United legend Mark Hughes an easier time, even if his poor results meant the board did not.

Former Uruguayan international Poyet is an impressive young manager who got Brighton promoted from League One to the Championship and has them occupying seventh in the Championship, one place below the play-offs. He has gained a reputation for encouraging attractive, passing football on the deck, similar to Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup.

Promotion is certainly a possibility, and who knows he may end up at the Emirates next season, but in the away dugout. It could even happen sooner than that if his side force a replay this weekend.

image: © Daniel Coomber

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