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Former Greece manager Gustavo Poyet is looking for a return to England this summer.

After ruling himself out of the Ireland job last month, Gus Poyet is now eyeing a return to management in England.

The experienced boss was tipped to become Stephen Kenny’s successor after former Irish midfielder Lee Carsley opted to remain in his role as England U-21 boss.

The 56-year-old had publicly expressed his interest in the Irish job, but talks with FAI chiefs broke down and last month. Poyet ruled himself out of the running for the hot seat, after his contract with Greece ended following their Euro 2024 play-off defeat.

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Uruguay native Poyet has not managed in England in over nine years since being sacked by Sunderland, but says he is targeting a return to English football this summer.

“I have to clarify because people think I got sacked (from Greece). I finished my contract, March 31 was the end of my contract, qualifying or not qualifying. That was the situation,” said Poyet this morning.

“Yes, I would love to get back (to England). I have said many times, when I left Sunderland I wanted to open my eyes a little bit more, learn something different and then come back.

“That was 2015, so it has taken me a little bit long to get back. But I’m looking forward to seeing during the summer if something can come up (in England). Let’s wait and see.”

With Poyet having ruled himself out of the Ireland job, last week the FAI confirmed that John O’Shea would again take interim charge for the June window which includes friendlies against Hungary (home) and Portugal (away).

The former Manchester United defender led the Boys in Green to a draw against Belgium at a defeat to Switzerland at Lansdowne Road last month, having previously served as assistant to Kenny’s senior team and Jim Crawford’s U-21s before that.

Since Kenny’s three-and-a-half-year reign ended last November, the association has missed two targets of February and April to have a new boss in place, with director of football Marc Canham apologising for the ‘expectation’ and ‘confusion’ caused by previous statements in an in-house interview announcing O’Shea as caretaker again last week.

Canham said that the new deadline is now September, with Ireland beginning their Nations League campaign at home to England before further clashes against Greece and Finland in the group which concludes in November.

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