Remembering when Gus Poyet found out he had been sacked by Brighton on BBC


It’s never nice when a manager loses his job.

Football is an industry like no other where, after a few bad results, thousands of people are calling for the man in charge to be sacked.

It’s the way football works, unfortunately.

Sackings, though, should be private matters dealt internally and sensitively by the club in question.

That wasn’t quite the case back in 2013 when Gus Poyet discovered he had been sacked from Brighton whilst appearing as a pundit on BBC.

No, really.

After Poyet had guided the Seagulls to a fourth-place finish in the Championship - before they eventually lost in the semi-finals to Crystal Palace - he was suspended by the club. It certainly wasn’t the way to treat a manager that had won promotion from League One just two years previously.

And when Poyet was doing punditry during a Confederations Cup match between Spain and Nigeria, Poyet discovered his fate during the first-half.

He then spent the 15 minutes at half-time discussing what he’d just learned.

"I've still had no communication from the club," Poyet said at half-time.

"From what I read from the statement, I am unemployed. My idea now is to appeal and get back to the job I've been doing until 7.30.

"I can't go into details of the future. It's just a matter of being calm and make sure you make the right decision. I've been trying to establish in the last 45 minutes what my rights are now.


"I'm probably the first to be in this position. Everyone can make their own conclusions about the way I have been informed by you.

"I think the BBC got a great story forever really because a manager getting the information that he's been released from his employment during the time of a programme is quite surprising.

"Are they [the club] messing with my career? We will see, it's too early to say. I am looking forward to clearing this."

Poyet appealed against his sacking but never returned to the club. While it certainly wasn’t the right way to treat their manager, we thank Brighton for providing us with some fantastic TV.

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