ALBION have suspended manager Gus Poyet, his assistant Mauricio Taricco and first team coach Charlie Oatway.

The Argus understands Poyet refused to deal with the retained list, announced by the club earlier today, on the basis he could be leaving.

Chairman Tony Bloom and head of football operations David Burke had to speak with the players kept on and released.

A brief statement released by the club said: “Brighton and Hove Albion confirm it has suspended its manager, assistant manager and team coach from their duties.

“The club will now follow its internal procedures with regard to this matter and will make no further comment at this time.”