The pair meet today in the FA Cup quarterfinals.
"I know him well," Poyet said. "He's one you always look forward to seeing because you know that, whatever happens, you're going to have a good chat.
"I think he's great and very easy to get on with. It's always a good chat and honestly, we don't hold anything back.
"We've played against each other a lot as managers. When I was at Brighton I played against him in the League Cup when he was in charge here.''
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