BRIGHTON & Hove Albion last night fired manager Gus Poyet, a decision that the Uruguayan discovered while he was appearing on TV as a pundit for the Confederations Cup.
Poyet, live on air, said he had not been informed of the decision. “I’ve still had no communication from the club,” he said during the half-time break. “Are they messing with my career? We will see, it’s too early to say. I am looking forward to clearing this.”
The Uruguayan had been suspended from his role since May, following a bizarre series of events surrounding the Championship club’s play-off defeat to fierce rivals Crystal Palace. His assistants Mauricio Taricco and Charlie Oatway were also suspended at the time, although Taricco’s ban was subsequently lifted.
The defeat saw a frustrated Poyet criticise the club’s transfer policies and lash out at a decision to give noise-making “clappers” to the home supporters. He is also believed to have sent a furious internal email about an incident where excrement was found in the visitors’ dressing room.
Brighton’s statement said that they will now appoint an interim manager, rumoured to be Oscar Garcia Junyent, who left Maccabi Tel Aviv in May.
However, Poyet may appeal the decision, the statement added.