Brighton manager Gus Poyet finds out he’s been sacked live on TV
Gus Poyet bizarrely discovered he had been sacked as Brighton manager while working as a pundit for the BBC.
The Uruguayan was sacked while offering his expert analysis during the Confederations Cup coverage. He was informed of his dismissal by host Mark Chapman and claimed that was the first he knew of the club’s decision.
He said: “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.”
The issue was discussed at half-time, with Poyet shedding more light at the final whistle.
He added: “I got an e-mail that I suppose is information at 9:03 and another one from my solicitors; they are now taking care of everything, so I still haven’t had a chance to read everything. 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, for example, like, I was saying before, to talk to the players. My situation from 7:30 to now is totally different so I need to inform me well what I can do and what I can’t do in the next few days before the appeal is coming.
“From what I read from the statement, I am unemployed, so I suppose [I’m available for new jobs]. My idea now is to appeal and get back to the job I’ve been doing until 1930 BST.”
Poyet was suspended by the Seagulls in May and had been facing a club disciplinary investigation.