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Vicente slates Poyet's managerial style

Gus Poyet seems to be a popular appointment as Sunderland manager, but one of his former Brighton players described him as "the worst person" in football last month.

Ex-Spanish international Vicente, who spent last season on the south coast, does not rate Poyet's top flight credentials.

I do not know if he could manage in the Premier League. I have my doubts. He is the worst person I have come across in football. He is a selfish person, very egocentric. I say that because this is how I feel. If you miss with a shot in training he makes fun — that is unacceptable.

– Spanish winger Vicente speaking to the Sun newspaper

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Konchesky deal falls through

PA Sport understands a proposed move to Brighton for Leicester defender Paul Konchesky has fallen though.

The former England international's wages are thought to have been a stumbling block but the left-back also preferred to remain with the Foxes rather than join their Sky Bet Championship rivals.

Brighton off the mark

Andrew Crofts scored the only goal of the game. Credit: PA

Andy Crofts' second-half goal earned Brighton their first win of the season at the expense of Birmingham.

Birmingham, who also lost their opening home match 1-0 to Watford, could count themselves unlucky as they twice hit the woodwork in the second half but it was Crofts' clinical 73rd-minute strike which proved the difference as new Brighton coach Oscar Garcia celebrated his maiden win in the hotseat.

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