We found it hard to believe the story today, that Newcastle could be lining up Brighton manager Gus Poyet, just in case Alan Pardew and Newcastle get off to bad start this coming season.
Gus Poyet – sensationally sacked by Brighton
But that was a major news story today, and as far as we can tell it came from Alan Oliver and the Sunday People.
But would you believe that Gus was told he had been fired by Brighton live on TV today, as Gus was a commentator on the BBC’s Confederations Cup game between Nigeria and Spain.
What seems to have happened is that Brighton posted on their web-site that Poyet had been sacked, and when he was told this on TV he said he not been told by his club, but Brighton insisted that Poyet had been informed of his sacking.
This is what Poyet said on the BBC:
“I think the BBC have got a great story! A manager getting the information that he has been released from his employment from the BBC during the time of a program is quite surprising.”
“I’ve still had no communication, no text, no email, I didn’t receive anything by phone.” “I think everybody, the viewers, can draw their own conclusions about the way that I have been informed by the BBC.”
“The only thing I am concentrated on is the appeal.” “It’s the right thing to do. I cannot say any more because after this I will talk a little bit more with my lawyers.”
Brighton failed to reach this year’s Championship play-off final, losing 2-0 on aggregate to Crystal Palace in the semi-finals, and for the last two seasons they have knocked Newcastle out of the FA Cup at the Amex Stadium.
This is the Brighton club statement:
“Gus Poyet has been informed by the club’s internal disciplinary panel his employment has been terminated. Mr Poyet now has a right of appeal.”
In mid-May Brighton suspended Poyet and banned him from the club, after he had told the Brighton players he was likely to leave the club.
So we have no idea if this has anything to do with Newcastle being after him – but we very much doubt it.
Whatever you think of Alan Pardew after one great season and one terrible season, he deserves a chance to put things right at Newcastle this coming season.
And it will be a litmus test on whether Alan is the right manager for the job at Newcastle.
What do you think?
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