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Brighton Manager Learns From BBC He's Been Fired While Working For BBC

Gus Poyet had been the manager for Brighton & Hove Albion for over three years when he was suspended following the club's loss to Crystal Palace in mid-May. Today, Poyet learned he was officially fired when BBC producers printed out a press release from the team announcing the decision and it was read aloud for him on air.


Poyet was working as an analyst for the BBC's Match of the Day featuring Spain-Nigeria, a match Spain won 3-0, when he heard the news. The team never officially commented on why he had been suspended but it is believed that he and ownership got into an altercation immediately following the loss over his refusal to deal with the retained list.

In the release, the club claimed Poyet had been informed of the decision but Poyet said on the broadcast that "I've still had no communication from the club, no text, no email." He plans on appealing the decision.

Gus Poyet: Brighton & Hove Albion sack manager [BBC]