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Poyet replacement: Advocaat 'in talks' with SAFC

ITV News Tyne Tees understands Sunderland football club could appoint Dick Advocaat as their short term Head Coach in the next 24 hours.

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The 67-year old Dutchman is believed to have flown into the region for talks this evening, March 16.

Earlier today, the Black Cats sacked Gus Poyet after a heavy home defeat against Aston Villa sealed his fate.

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Sunderland sack Gus Poyet: Club statement

Sunderland AFC have parted company with head coach Gus Poyet this afternoon.

The club would like to place on record its’ thanks to Gus and wishes him well for the future.

Chairman Ellis Short said: “I would like to thank Gus for his endeavours during his time at the club, in particular last season’s ‘great escape’ and cup final appearance, which will live long in the memory of every Sunderland fan.

“Sadly, we have not made the progress that any of us had hoped for this season and we find ourselves battling, once again, at the wrong end of the table. We have therefore made the difficult decision that a change is needed.”

An announcement will be made in due course regarding the head coach position.

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Poyet sent to the stand during Sunderland's 1-1 draw

Hull drew 1-1 with visiting Sunderland in another relegation tussle which saw Black Cats manager Gus Poyet sent to the stand following a first-half altercation with Tigers boss Steve Bruce.

Sunderland manager, Gus Poyet is sent to the stands by referee Mike Dean during the Barclays Premier League match at the KC Stadium, Hull. Credit: PA Wire

The two men had to be separated on the touchline after Sunderland's JackRodwell fell in the box after 35 minutes and was booked for simulation by referee Mike Dean.

Poyet complained it was a penalty and after being sent off he walked across to Bruce and tried to shake his counterpart's hand.

Bruce appeared to respond angrily and had to be restrained by a linesman and members of his coaching staff.

Hull City's Andy Robertson and Sunderland's Danny Graham (right) battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at the KC Stadium, Hull. Credit: PA Wire

Dame N'Doye's third goal in five games since his January move from Lokomotiv Moscow gave Hull a 15th-minute lead, the Senegal striker cleverly back-heeling Tom Huddlestone's cross into the net.

But Rodwell earned Sunderland a precious point when he nudged home Patrick van Aanholt's cross on the line with 13 minutes remaining.

The Black Cats host Aston Villa at home on Saturday.

Footballer Adam Johnson bailed after underage sex claim

Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has been bailed after earlier being arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under the age of 16.

A police officer came out of Peterlee station and told reporters that Johnson had been bailed and was no longer there.

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Sunderland AFC confirmed it had suspended Johnson pending the outcome of the police investigation.

Johnson had been due to travel with the rest of the squad to Humberside this afternoon for tomorrow night's Barclays Premier League fixture at Hull.

He has now been bailed to return to Peterlee Police Station at a later date.

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