Harty on Gus Poyet and Chisora versus Haye

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A SEVEN-GOAL thriller, FA Cup history, with three own goals, and a classic Sun headline reminding us all of how many goals each team actually scored clearly represented an eventful day at Anfield and, hopefully, a learning curve for all concerned.

But it was back to business for the Albion almost immediately with Gus Poyet being linked with the Wolves job.

With all due respect to a number of mates of mine, who support Wolves, a move to Molineux for Poyet would be a sideways move, perhaps even a downward step, regardless of the league they currently play in.

Despite rich traditions, and their place in football folklore, Wolves are no bigger than Brighton and probably don’t have as much potential as the Seagulls.

When Poyet does go, and sorry to shatter any illusions but he will one day, I firmly believe it will be to one of two clubs, either Chelsea or Spurs.

Now, if AVB continues with his kamikaze selection policy, the job at Stamford Bridge may be up for grabs sooner than we think, which may actually work in Brighton’s favour.

Unless AVB does turn it around and, as he’s predicted, is still there in two years’ time, the next Chelsea managerial appointment will have to be an experienced tried and tested manager. With all due respect to Gus, he does not yet fill that criteria, he will do in time, but not now.

An appointment at Chelsea after leading the Albion to promotion to the top flight would be accepted by the Stamford Bridge faithful. But, regardless of his Chelsea pedigree, would the support really accept the appointment of a Championship manager?

The same could probably be said for Spurs, who appear to be desperate to hold on to Harry, rather than have him go to England.

With a promotion to the Premier League on his CV, Poyet would tick all the boxes on his White Hart Lane application form.

But, like the Chelsea fans, would the Spurs faithful settle for someone out of a lower league?

It’s all about timing. Then again, if you get an offer, you sometimes have to take it. Barry Lloyd turned both Chelsea and Southampton down in the summer of 1991, was later sacked, and in hindsight, unfairly, by the Albion in December, 1993, and has never managed in the Football League since.

As for Poyet, the timing of all these circumstances elsewhere actually suits the Albion. Hopefully, we can put Sunday behind us, and challenge for that play-off spot.

Talk of long bans for brawling boxers Dereck Chisora and David Haye is really the talk of toothless tigers.

You cannot technically ban Haye, because he doesn’t have a boxing licence. And, if they ban Chisora, he will end up going to UFC and making a fortune in the US as “the man too bad for boxing”.

Both are a disgrace to sport and the nation. I frankly expected more from Haye as I thought he was an intelligent man; as for Chisora, the phrase “you can’t educate pork” springs to mind.

Hit them where it hurts the most, in their pockets.

I would let them have their fight this summer, as in the circumstances it would be a big box office and TV event.

But I would put in the contract that neither of them, aside from their training expenses, get a penny, and all the ticket and TV money goes to Help for Heroes, which looks after people who know all about respect and dignity.