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Poyet sacked by Brighton, finds out while on TV

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June 23, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Gus Poyet's time as Brighton manager is up © PA Photos
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Gus Poyet has been sacked as Brighton manager following a decision by the Championship club's internal disciplinary panel.

Brighton released a statement to confirm Poyet's departure Sunday night, a day before the players are due to report back for the first day of pre-season.

Poyet was working as a pundit for the BBC on their Confederation Cup coverage when the news was made public, having been handed a print-out of the statement by by the channel's production staff.

"Gus Poyet has been informed today by Brighton & Hove Albion football club's internal disciplinary panel that his employment has been terminated with immediate effect," the club's statement read.

"This followed his suspension, an investigation, and a subsequent formal disciplinary process."

Poyet has the right to appeal the decision, and confirmed on the BBC that he would take that course of action - while suggesting that he had not previously known of Brighton's intention to dismiss him.

"Beyond that [the appeal], it is very difficult to make any other comments," Poyet said. "I need to read everything first, but I will appeal because I want to make everything clear."

Poyet led Brighton to the playoffs last season but his tenure at the Amex Stadium had become uncertain after it was revealed that the Uruguayan, assistant manager Mauricio Taricco and coach Charlie Oatway were told to stay away from the club.

Brighton have remained tight-lipped over the reasons for taking the action, but Sunday's decision comes after Poyet failed to attend a disciplinary hearing last week.

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