Former Sunderland and Brighton boss Gus Poyet has agreed to take over as Real Betis head coach on a two-year deal. Poyet, 47, who left Greek side AEK Athens last month, had been clear favourite to become the new manager of Championship side Nottingham Forest. Uruguayan Poyet steered the Black Cats to Premier League safety in 2014, but was sacked the following season after a run of poor results. Poyet replaces interim boss Juan Merino at the La Liga club.
West Ham will play their final competitive game at their famous 112-year home on tonight against Manchester United before their move to the 60,000-capacity London 2012 Olympics venue next season. The Hammers boss Slaven Bilic says it will be “impossible” to make the club’s new home of the Olympic Stadium a “fortress”. “When you played Arsenal at Highbury, it wasn’t dangerous but you felt it,” said Bilic. “Then we played against them at the Emirates and we enjoyed it; the players were taking selfies. “The Upton Park stadium was a first home. No matter where you move after that – if you move to a fancy apartment, a big house or to a mansion – your favourite one is always the first.”