It would be fantastic! Gus Poyet expresses interest in Chelsea post
Brighton and Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet admits his interest in becoming Chelsea manager in the future
Gus Poyet has admitted he would jump at the chance to become Chelsea manager, with the Brighton and Hove Albion boss highlighting his Premier League aspirations.
Interim Blues boss Rafael Benitez announced he would leave the Stamford Bridge outfit in the summer following a 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough in the FA Cup on Wednesday night.
Poyet, who spent four years at the west London club, has been touted as a possible successor to Benítez – and the Uruguayan coach confirmed his interest in taking charge of his former side.
“I want to go to the highest level. That’s my aim as everybody knows,” said Poyet.
“If that is the Premier League and Chelsea, fantastic. If it is somebody else, we’ll see.”
Poyet also said speculation linking him with the Chelsea job shows his Brighton side are making steady progress in the Championship.
He added: “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.”
The 45-year-old added that he was very disappointed with Chelsea’s decision to sack Roberto Di Matteo in November after the Italian guided the Blues to their first Champions League crown last season.
“I was very upset when Robbie left the club,” he added.
“Now Benítez 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.”