Former Barcelona star in frame for Brighton job

Oscar Garcia Junyent is the bookies favourite to take over at the Championship side Brighton Hove Albion following the sacking of Gus Poyet.

Former Spurs and Chelsea star Poyet, informed of departure by the BBC as he worked on their confederations coverage, had previously been suspended by the club after allegations that he breached his contract following their play-off defeat to fierce rivals Crystal Palace back in May.

Oscar Garcia Junyent, simple known as Oscar, is a former Barcelona star & a league winner with the Catalan Giants and was most recently in charge of Israel side, Maccabi Tel Aviv.

The 40 year old guided the club to their first title since the 2002/2003 season before deciding to resign from his position, citing personal reasons.

Capped at youth level for Spain, Oscar also played for Valencia and Espanyol before beginning his coaching career under the tutelage of Dutch and Barcelona legend Johan Cryuff with the Catalonia national team.

Oscar spent a year in that role before taking a coaching role with the Barcelona youth team. A further two years were spent honing his skills in very familiar surrounding before he made the leap to manager with Tel Aviv in 2012.

The appointment of Oscar would continue the Spanish theme at the Falmer Stadium with Inigo Calderon, Andrea Orlandi, Bruno and David Lopez all on the books.

Others in the frame include highly rated Spurs coach Tim Sherwood and up & coming Brentford coach Uwe Rosler.

Sherwood is the second favourite for the post with the former Blackburn player, currently a technical co-ordinator with Tottenham, believed to be keen to move to in to management. Rosler would also be a popular choice with the former Manchester City striker earning a reputation for playing attractive football and developing young players.

Current QPR manager Harry Redknapp is also believed to be in the running. The veteran coach is reportedly in the wars with QPR owner Tony Fernandez over the club’s summer transfer budget and he could be tempted to jump to move back to the coast.

Others in the frame include Alan Curbishley and former Chelsea manager, and team-mate of Poyet, Roberto di Matteo while money has also been placed on former Stoke City boss Tony Pulis and Arsenal legend Denis Bergkamp

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.