Poyet rejects Monkhouse link
Albion chief will not raid Pools for midfielder
By Chris Galea. Last Updated: January 7, 2010 4:43pm
Monkhouse: Looks to be staying at Pools
Brighton boss Gus Poyet has rubbished stories linking him with a move for Hartlepool midfielder Andy Monkhouse.
The two know each other from their time at Swindon Town, as the Uruguayan was Dennis Wise's assistant at the County Ground, but Poyet insists he has not made a move for the 29-year-old.
"I know Monky very well and I know what he can bring to the table, but at the moment no approach has been made to Hartlepool and there is nothing in the speculation apart from the history between us," he told skysports.com.
"I know his qualities and if there was an opportunity to bring him here then I would definitely consider it, but at the moment there is nothing in it."
The Seagulls' home clash with Brentford scheduled for this weekend has been called off after the Withdean Stadium pitch was left frozen under a blanket of snow.
The former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder is concerned by the amount of games lower league clubs will need to squeeze in during the next few weeks.
"It is frustrating, but that is England. There are already too many games and cup competitions in the lower leagues, so these weather conditions don't help matters.
"But as a manager it is another challenge to see how you adapt. It is the same for most managers in the country, so I am not alone in this and there isn't a great deal that we can do about it."