Brighton Manager Gus Poyet Wants To Succeed Rafa Benitez as Chelsea Boss

Uruguayan would not turn down Stamford Bridge role.

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Gus Poyet has thrown his name into the ring to succeed Rafa Benitez at Chelsea by stressing he wants to work at the highest level.

The Brighton boss has earned plaudits this season and his attractive team are looking likely to make it into the Championship play-offs.

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With Chelsea going through managers at an alarming rate, owner Roman Abramovich may struggle to find a high-profile replacement for interim boss Benitez, who has confirmed he will leave Stamford Bridge in May.

Poyet, who played for Chelsea between 1997 and 2001, has refused to rule out a return to West London – even if it means working for the trigger-happy Russian.

“I want to go to the highest level. That’s my aim as everybody knows,” the 45-year-old is quoted as saying by The Sun.

“If that is the Premier League and Chelsea, fantastic. If it is somebody else, we’ll see.

“I like the speculation because it means we are doing something right.

“But it doesn’t change my life at the moment.

“I can assure you I didn’t watch Chelsea against Middlesbrough. I was paying attention to preparing for our game against Huddersfield on Saturday by watching them in a competitive game at Burnley. That’s my job.”

Poyet stressed that he disapproves of fans who have vilified Benitez and wants to see the supporters get behind the club once more.

“I always want Chelsea to win and I’m pleased to see them in the next round of the FA Cup.

“I’m not making banners and going to the stadium to go against the manager because I would want the manager to get the support.

“But that doesn’t change my mind that I was very upset when Robbie left the club. Now Benitez is the manager and you want your fans to stay with the team. That’s my idea.

“What is between the manager and the club is not my problem. It’s nothing to do with me.”

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