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Poyet lists Sunderland achievements in statement

Gus Poyet has revealed he was "disappointed" to be sacked by Sunderland, but "honoured" to have managed the Premier League club.

Poyet is proud of his achievements at Sunderland. Credit: PA

In a statement released through the League Managers Association, Poyet used the opportunity to list his achievements at the club, including three wins against local rivals Newcastle, last season's League Cup run and famous victories at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford.

"I am very disappointed to have left Sunderland but I am extremely honoured to have served this special club as their manager," he said.

Expanding on his time at the club, which dates back to October 2013 when he was appointed with the club rooted to bottom of the Premier League, Poyet explained:

I leave Sunderland feeling proud of all of our achievements during my tenure, not least reaching the club’s first cup final in 22 years when we took more than 30,000 fans to the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley. Of the three Tyne-Wear derby matches since I joined the club as manager, I am very proud that we were able to win all three, two of which were away from home.

I will never forget winning at Old Trafford last May, Sunderland’s first league victory there since 1968, which came shortly after beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

– Former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet


Sunderland manager Gus Poyet charged by the FA

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has been charged with improper conduct by the FA following his touchline altercation with Steve Bruce and dismissal against Hull.

Poyet was sent to the stands following the incident. Credit: PA

A statement on the FA website read:

It is alleged that his (Poyet's) behaviour in the 35th minute of the fixture amounted to improper conduct. He has until 6pm on 9 March 2015 to respond to the charge.

Meanwhile, Hull manager Steve Bruce has been contacted by The FA in relation to the same incident and formally reminded of his responsibilities.

– FA statement

Sunderland manager doesn't like video replays

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet fears video technology would make football "boring" despite seeing defender Wes Brown cleared of a red card offence.

Gus Poyet believes video replays would make football boring. Credit: PA

A review of footage of the incident which saw the 35-year-old sent off for a challenge on striker Radamel Falcao at Manchester United on Saturday prompted an independent regulatory commission to overturn match referee Roger East's decision on Monday afternoon, leaving Brown free to face Hull on Tuesday evening.

Team-mate John O'Shea, whose intervention looked to have felled the United frontman, also escaped punishment.

However, Poyet is not in favour of the introduction of replays in games, which might have spared his team from having to play the final 25 minutes at Old Trafford with only 10 men.

Football is so nice because there are issues and there are ways of dealing with these situations, and we can comment and we can talk about it.

If football becomes mathematics, like everything is going to be perfection, I think it's going to be a bit more boring, that's my opinion.

– Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

Brighton sack Gus Poyet following 'disciplinary process'

Brighton and Hove Albion have issued a statement saying that manager Gus Poyet has been sacked following a "formal disciplinary process".

Gus Poyet has been informed today by Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club's internal disciplinary panel that his employment has been terminated with immediate effect.

This followed his suspension, an investigation, and a subsequent formal disciplinary process. In line with the club's own procedures, and UK employment law, Mr Poyet now has a right of appeal. As such, the club will make no further comment on this matter or recent LMA statements at this time.

– Brighton & Hove Albion FC statement

The club added:

"Given the close proximity of the new season, the club will, in conjunction with its board, now seek to appoint an interim manager pending the outcome of a possible appeal. The interim manager will oversee the initial weeks of pre-season preparation alongside the club's existing staff."