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Brighton's Gus Poyet and Mauricio Taricco extend deals

Mauricio Taricco and Gus Poyet
Poyet (r) and Taricco played together for Tottenham Hotspur

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet and his assistant Mauricio Taricco have signed new five-year contracts with the Championship club.

The duo, whose previous deals were set to expire in 2014, will now remain at the Amex Stadium until June 2016.

Poyet told the club website: "The new contracts will allow us to make even more long-term plans, particularly with the new academy and training ground.

"I am delighted. The last two years here have been absolutely fantastic."

He added: "Both Tano [Taricco] and I would like to thank the chairman and the directors - and also my staff and the players, who have been crucial in our progression as a club."

The former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder took the reins at Brighton in November 2009, when the club were 20th in League One.

He led the Seagulls to safety that season, then won the title in his first full season in charge.

Games: 102
Wins: 53
Draws: 25
Defeats: 24

Albion chairman Tony Bloom said: "This is great news for the club. Gus and Tano are key to all of our immediate and long-term plans.

"When you consider the position the club was in when they arrived, what they have achieved here in less than two years is outstanding.

"This gives the club even more long-term stability and further underlines their own commitment to the club.

"Gus and Tano have brought us success, and in doing so revolutionised the way the Albion play; giving us a brand of football the supporters love watching.

"I am certain they will continue to be successful and the club will continue to progress with them in charge of the team."

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Brighton: The Road to Falmer
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Brighton chairman Bloom aims high
13 Apr 11 |  Brighton
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Poyet promotes new passing style
07 Oct 10 |  Brighton
Brighton confirm Poyet extension
23 Jul 10 |  Brighton
Brighton appoint Poyet as manager
10 Nov 09 |  Brighton
Seagulls chairman to fund stadium
18 May 09 |  Sussex

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