Sunderland have spoken to Brighton chiefs about managerial candidate Gus Poyet.

The Sunday Mirror says the Black Cats' chief executive Margaret Byrne approached Brighton counterpart Paul Barber for a warts and all account on Poyet.

Albion chief Barber is part of the board who controversially sacked 45-year-old Uruguayan Poyet at the end of last season.

And Barber was also executive director at Tottenham when Poyet lost his job as assistant manager as part of the shake-up that saw Juande Ramos axed.

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