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Real Betis fires ex-Sunderland boss Poyet after 11 matches

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There’s another ex-Sunderland coach looking for work, as Real Betis fired manager Gus Poyet after just 11 matches in charge.

Betis finished 10th last season despite scoring the fewest goals in La Liga, and Poyet saw the side drop to 14th in La Liga after claiming just 11 points (and goals) to start the season.

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The club thanked Poyet for his work in an announcement that Víctor Sánchez del Amo will take over the club. Sanchez is no stranger to short stints, let go by Olympiacos after just two matches in charge of the Greek squad.

Gus Poyet releases statement following dismissal from Sunderland

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Former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, sacked just four days ago and replaced by Dick Advocaat, has finally spoken out in an official statement released through the League Manager’s Association.

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.

Dick Advocaat says he’s accepted short-term deal as new Sunderland manager

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Less than 10 hours after firing manager Gus Poyet, Sunderland have chosen Dick Advocaat, the bookies’ early favorite, to be the club’s new boss as Sunderland hope to once again narrowly avoid relegation from the Premier League, according to the Dutch manager himself.

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Advocaat’s appointment is reportedly on a short-term deal, until the end of the current season, when the club will then reassess their position and either re-up with Advocaat, 67, or seek a long-term replacement.

Speaking to Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, Advocaat confirmed he had accepted the job as Black Cats boss and added, “I am now in a dark hotel, but soon I’ll be working in the Stadium of Light.”

Advocaat, who was most recently manager of the Serbian national team from July to November 2014, will have nine league games to hold onto Sunderland’s current 17th-place standing, one spot — and one point — clear of the relegation zone.

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“This is something I always wanted to do, the Premier League. The Premier League is a phenomenal competition,” Advocaat told Dutch outlet AD Sportwereld.

“As a manager that is where you want to work, that has such a pulling power.

“Saturday, West Ham awaits. And then there’s the international break. And then – the derby with Newcastle United. That is really something to look forward to because believe me, this just is a very big club.”

Reports: Sunderland boss Gus Poyet set to be fired


After Sunderland’s abysmal performance and 4-0 shellacking at the hands of Aston Villa on Saturday, it seems as though Gus Poyet’s time is up at the Stadium of Light.

Poyet has been in charge of the Black Cats for 18-months, but multiple reports in England claim that the Uruguayan coach will be fired on Monday by Sunderland’s American owner Ellis Short as a meeting has been called with directors.

During Sunderland’s defeat to Villa on Saturday in front of a near 46,000 crowd at the Stadium of Light, fans vented their anger at Poyet and his players by walking out en-masse and some supporters tried to get into the dugout to confront the Black Cats boss.

With nine games to go Sunderland are in a precarious position as their Premier League status hangs in the balance with the north east club sitting one point and one place above the relegation zone.

It is understood that Poyet will not resign and therefore Ellis and sporting director Lee Congerton will fire the former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder.

Since taking over from Paolo Di Canio midway through the 2013-14 season and leading Sunderland to safety, Poyet’s side have struggled this season with 14 draws from 29 games and they have won just four matches (the lowest of any PL team) all campaign.

Poyet’s record as Sunderland boss isn’t much better as he’s won just 23 matches in 75 games in charge, losing 30 and drawing 22 with a win percentage just over 30 percent. Despite that poor record, he did lead them to the League Cup final in 2014 but Sunderland were beaten by Manchester City.

Sunderland’s next match is away at West Ham United, before facing arch rivals Newcastle after the international break.

Poyet on Sunderland fans’ walkout, booing: “I would do the same”

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Gus Poyet would’ve been allowed to lambaste his players after a listless 4-0 home loss against lowly Aston Villa on Saturday, but the Sunderland manager opted for caution.

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With his team drifting back toward the drop zone, Poyet’s measured words showed he had plenty of time to think about how to respond to his team’s big loss.

Well, he had at least an hour, as Villa scored all four goals in the first half.

From the BBC:

“A day like today you need to analyse very carefully as it’s not acceptable We had a good week training and we started the game very well.

“A few weeks ago was we didn’t start very well. But it’s not just about starting, it’s about plenty things we are not getting right. There is nobody to blame but ourselves.

“I was very positive, the players were fresh and looking forward to play game. I have to be careful what I say and analyse this situation very carefully. We had the chance to do things better and we didn’t do it.

“When you are a fan and you see your team performing like we did in the first-half I would do the same. What we did last year wasn’t expected. This year we haven’t been in bottom three the whole year, but we cannot win enough and we have put ourselves in a difficult situation.”

The fans came hard after Poyet, as thousands left before halftime and a few tried to get his attention by charging the dugout during the match. But the Sunderland man chose the cautious route as he tries to navigate what’s become a fight for the Black Cats’ Premier League lives.