VICENTE has blasted suspended Albion boss Gus Poyet as “the worst person I’ve come across in football”.
The departing Spanish star has branded Poyet “selfish” and “egocentric”.
And he has accused the Uruguayan of mocking his players in training.
Vicente was released by Albion on Thursday after 18 starts in two injury-hit seasons with the Seagulls.
The 31-year-old former Valencia playmaker claims Poyet was ready to let him return to Spain last summer, because his four-year-old daughter Blanca was struggling to settle in England, but then did a U-turn.
Vicente, who played in the Champions League and La Liga for Valencia and was capped 38 times by Spain, told The Argus: “He is the worst person I’ve come across in football. “For example, he deceived me when he said I could go and then he didn’t let me. I was four months out injured and he wasn’t capable of coming up and asking how I was.
“For me he is a selfish person, very egocentric. I say that because it’s how I feel.
“I won’t talk badly about my team-mates, because they have been fantastic with me. What I think is unacceptable is that the manager makes fun of his players. I’ve seen things here that I have never seen in my career. If you miss with a shot in training, he makes fun. For me, that is unacceptable in football.”
Poyet, his assistant Mauricio Taricco and coach Charlie Oatway, have been suspended by Albion pending an internal investigation into alleged breaches of contract.
Vicente and other players out-of-contract were spoken to by chairman Tony Bloom and head of football David Burke after Poyet refused to deal with the retained list.