By Greg Stobart
Brighton will approach Tim Sherwood to become their new manager if Gus Poyet leaves the Championship club.
Poyet is currently suspended by Brighton after questioning the club’s ambition and is expected to leave this summer.
The Uruguayan has been strongly linked with the vacancy at Stoke while Everton, Fulham and Malaga have also been reported as potential destinations.
Brighton are planning for next season without Poyet and Sherwood, the highly rated technical co-ordinator at Tottenham, is understood to top their list of potential replacements.
Spurs would try to resist an approach for Sherwood, who turned down the opportunity to manage Blackburn last summer but would be more open to the Brighton job.
The Seagulls missed out on promotion after losing their Championship play-off semi-final to Crystal Palace but have ambitious plans to bring Premier League football to the Amex Stadium.
Brighton chief executive Paul Barber was previously an executive director at Tottenham and is aware of Sherwood’s qualities, with the former Spurs captain keen to step into management.
The 44-year-old has been lined up as a future Spurs manager and has a close relationship with chairman Daniel Levy, having played a key role in the decision to hire Andre Villas-Boas as the London club’s manager last summer.
But Sherwood has since clashed with Villas-Boas over transfer policy and the Portuguese’s reluctance to promote academy players to the first team.
Poyet, another former Tottenham midfielder, was suspended by Brighton last week along with his assistant, Mauricio Taricco, and coach Charlie Oatway.
The south coast club’s owner, Tony Bloom, is believed to be furious with comments made before and after Brighton’s play-off matches against Palace, as well as Poyet’s perceived attempts to find a job in the Premier League.
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