Bordeaux - Bordeaux have suspended coach Gustavo Poyet for a week after his angry outburst at club bosses over their transfer policy, the French side announced on Friday.
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"Technically everything is possible," said club president Stephane
Martin in reference to Poyet's future beyond next week, with a sacking
looking a distinct possibility.
The decision to suspend the Uruguayan comes after he launched a
furious tirade at the Bordeaux board over their decision to sell the
striker Gaetan Laborde to Ligue 1 rivals Montpellier.
Poyet had hoped to have Laborde available for Thursday night's the
second leg of their Europa League third qualifying round tie away to
Mariupol of Ukraine, which his team won 2-1 to progress to the play-off
round 5-2 on aggregate.
"This is my worst day at the club. What the club have done with
Gaetan Laborde is a disgrace," an angry Poyet said at his post-match
"I told the club not to let him go as long as we haven't signed someone else."
Eric Bedouet, one of his assistants, will prepare the team for
Sunday's derby match at Toulouse, and Bordeaux are also due to go to
Belgium to face Genk in the Europa League next Thursday.
Poyet was only appointed by the south-western side in January and he
roused them to European qualification with six wins in their final seven
games last season.
However, the 50-year-old former Sunderland, AEK Athens, Betis and
Shanghai Shenhua coach has regularly criticised the club for a lack of
transfer activity over the summer.
The six-time French champions had already sold Brazilian winger
Malcom to Barcelona for $48 million before Laborde's
On Thursday they completed the loan signing of Barcelona B full-back Sergi Palencia.
It now seems that he may not play under Poyet, who also ran into
trouble at one of his previous clubs. In 2013, he was suspended for an
alleged breach of contract and later fired by English side Brighton and
The latest difficulty comes with Bordeaux expected to be sold to an American consortium in the coming weeks.