Poyet started out by calling Sunderland a “special club” but spent most of the statement puffing his chest and defending his work at the helm of the relegation-threatened club.
The 47-year-old reminisced about last season’s miraculous run to safety at the end of the season, saying, “I will always remember fondly that miracle unbeaten run, a vein of form for which I was honored to be shortlisted for the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Year Award.”
Poyet points out things like his 3-wins-in-3 record in the Tyne-Wear derby, his win at Old Trafford last season, his win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and his ability to hold Chelsea scoreless this season. He mentions the League Cup final last season, pointing out that it was Sunderland’s first cup final in 22 years, and also points out that Sunderland has avoided a bottom three position this entire year.
Ultimately, however, Sunderland sits just a point outside the relegation zone and has struggled to put together any kind of consistent run of results this season, and that is what undid Poyet. The fear of relegation scares clubs in the bottom half enough that every season managers with bulging resumes end up removed due to that fear. Poyet is no different.
Poyet ended by thanking the entire club staff and ownership group, and of course called the Premier League “without a doubt the greatest league in the world.” It’s unlikely that the animated Uruguayan will be without a job for long. We’ll miss his sprints across the touchline.