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Why Gus Poyet's live sacking was wrong

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You're fired: Chapman broke the bad news to Poyet (©GettyImages)
You're fired: Chapman broke the bad news to Poyet (©GettyImages).

If you thought the Apprentice was bad then think again. Getting fired by Sir Alan Sugar is nothing compared to what Gus Poyet went through as a football pundit on live television

He was still manager of Brighton And Hove Albion as the Spain-Nigeria match kicked off at 8pm but he was fired by half time.

You may ask did the Brighton board ring him up and relieve him of his duties with immediate effect or did he have an argument with the chairman over the phone - which led to him losing his position. 

Could he have said something on social media that meant he could no longer continue in his role. 

The answer is no to all of these. Poyet was instead handed the Brighton club statement from their website, halfway through the first half by BBC production staff.

On air, Poyet said that he hadn't had any communication with the club - only receiving an email officially from the club at 21:03 compared to the statement put on the club website at 19:14 the same evening.  

He added that he was going to appeal the decision. He said: "From what I read from the statement I am now unemployed, and my idea now is to appeal and to get back the job I’d been doing until 7:30."

He had been on suspension since May after falling out with the board reportedly over the alleged transfer budget for the 2013/14 season. Undoubtedly a messy way to get rid of a manager, more so when you consider that he led Brighton to the play-offs last season, only to be beaten by eventual winners Crystal Palace following a tight second leg at the Amex Stadium.

Poyet is hot property in football at the moment, gaining plaudits for his attacking style of play, shrewdness in the transfer market as well as his charismatic handling of the media. 

A young manager that very nearly gained a second promotion in four years with the same club is a feat that will be attracting interest, with bookies at one point making him favourite for both the Everton and Fulham jobs.  Odds are never certain, but one thing that is certain in this case, is that Poyet is destined for the top.

At the end of the BBC 3 broadcast, Mark Chapman summed up the night perfectly. 

This rings true now more than ever, and surely must make some managers think of their futures. Chapman quipped: "Up next on BBC 3 is Nev and the Call Centre. Who’d be a manager, eh?

 

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