Sunderland have fired Gus Poyet after the side’s terrible showing at home to Aston Villa on Saturday by a score of 4-0.
Gus Poyet – fired as Sunderland boss
There are just nine games to go in the season so it’s a delicate time for the Black Cats to be getting a new boss, and it looks like they are trying to sign 67 year-old Dick Advocaat, who is out of work after stepping down as Serbia’s manager last October.
Gus had 17 months at the Stadium of Light and produced a remarkable recovery last season when with five games to go it was odds on Sunderland would be relegated.
But they won four games on the trot including wins at Manchester United and Chelsea (the only home game Jose Mourinho has lost in the league as Chelsea manager) and survived.
It seems that Sunderland are also going to a continental style of management and in reality like Newcastle, they will be looking for a head coach.
Here’s the statement issued by Sunderland.
Club parts company with head coach.
Sunderland AFC have parted company with head coach Gus Poyet this afternoon.
The club would like to place on record its thanks to Gus and wishes him well for the future.
Chairman Ellis Short said:
“I would like to thank Gus for his endeavours during his time at the club, in particular last season’s ‘great escape’ and cup final appearance, which will live long in the memory of every Sunderland fan.”
“Sadly, we have not made the progress that any of us had hoped for this season and we find ourselves battling, once again, at the wrong end of the table. We have therefore made the difficult decision that a change is needed.”
This may even help Newcastle in our game at the Stadium of Light on April 5th, because we have lost all three games with Gus Poet as the Sunderland manager.
Sunderland are currently one point above the drop zone on 26 points and 9 points behind Newcastle.
We cannot afford to lose to Sunderland in that upcoming game.
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