Championship: Gus Poyet controversially sacked by Brighton on live TV
Gus Poyet was sacked with immediate effect by Brighton & Hove Albion after he was initially suspended following the play-off semi-final defeat to Crystal Palace back in May. The former Chelsea player was made aware of his dismissal live on BBC television during the Confederations Cup.
Speaking to presenter Mark Chapman during a live broadcast of the BBC’s coverage of the Confederations Cup, Poyet spoke of how he had not received any indication or personal message that he had been sacked by the club.
A statement from Brighton read: “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 subsequent formal disciplinary process. In line with the club’s own procedures, and UK employment law, Mr Poyet now has the right of appeal.”
The Uruguayan painted a picture of frustration during the half-time interval of the game between Spain and Nigeria. Poyet had spent three years at the seaside club and had guided them to promotion and a play-off semi-final in that short period.
“I think the BBC have a great story forever, because a manager getting information that he is being released from his employment by the BBC is quite surprising,” noted Poyet.
Clearly shocked by the unfolding of events, Poyet was also disappointed that he was unable to speak to his players, labelling it the saddest thing of the whole unsavoury saga.
“It’s something that’s been really sad because they gave me so much, they made me so proud and not being able to answer a phone call, answer a text, or even an email for legal reasons is quite unusual. So I would like now, if I get the permission, for them to hear from me.”
The former Leeds United assistant manager will now appeal the decision made by Brighton and still hopes he can return to the club next season.
Brighton will start life without Poyet at Elland Road against Leeds United on the opening day of the season, which kicks off on 3rd August.
Thomas Bradley, football correspondent