Poyet’s appointment as Real Betis boss in May 2016 marked almost two decades since his time in Spain as a player.
The former Uruguay midfielder spent seven years at Real Zaragoza, winning the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1995, before heading to Chelsea in 1997. Another Cup Winners’ Cup followed at Stamford Bridge, along with an FA Cup and three years at Tottenham Hotspur, while he played a starring role in Uruguay’s 1995 Copa America triumph, being named the tournament’s best player.
Poyet then began his managerial career as an assistant to ex-Chelsea teammate Dennis Wise at Swindon Town and Leeds United, before taking the plunge with Brighton and Hove Albion in 2009. There, he won the League One title in his first full season and took the team into the Championship playoffs, but he was famously sacked while on air as a pundit in May 2013.
He bounced back four months later with Sunderland, where he defied all the odds to keep them in the Premier League, but a poor 2014-15 campaign saw him sacked before its conclusion, with his most recent employment coming at Greek side AEK Athens.