Brighton & Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet has won the Football Manager Outstanding Managerial Achievement Award at the Football League Awards 2012.

Poyet received the award at the gala ceremony at The Brewery, London, on Sunday evening in front of over 600 guests from clubs, sponsors and the football industry. This year there were a total of 17 awards with 32 clubs shortlisted for honours.

Poyet beat two other shortlisted managers to the Award, Crystal Place manager Dougie Freedman and former Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark, for orchestrating the Seagulls' promotion to the npower Championship.

In his first managerial position Gus has worked wonders at Brighton & Hove Albion. Having taken over in late 2009 with the club sat towards the bottom of League 1, he transformed the team to take the 2010/11 npower League 1 title in style. Not straying from the top spot after the first eight games, they played some wonderful football to finish ahead of south coast rivals Southampton and secure Championship football for the Seagulls' first season at their new stadium.

On winning his award, Poyet said: "I am delighted to get this award. Brighton have had some difficult times in the past, but things are going really well now.

"The players worked so hard for me to turn things around when I first came to the club and hopefully we can now push on towards the highest level."

The winning manager was voted for by the Football Manager community via the computer game's website as well as its Facebook and Twitter pages.

Brighton and Hove Albion Manager Gus Poyet with his Outstanding Managerial Achievement Award

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