Brighton sack Gus Poyet

Gus Poyet. Photo: PA

Gus Poyet has been sacked as Brighton manager following a decision by the Championship club's internal disciplinary panel.

Brighton released a statement to confirm Poyet's departure tonight, a day before the players are due to report back for the first day of pre-season.

Poyet led Brighton to the play-offs last season but his tenure at the Amex Stadium had become uncertain after it was revealed that the Uruguayan, assistant manager Mauricio Taricco and coach Charlie Oatway were told to stay away from the club.

Brighton have remained tight-lipped over the reasons for taking the action, but today's decision comes after Poyet failed to attend a disciplinary hearing last week.