Brighton & Hove Albion boss finds out about sacking on live TV

June 23rd, 2013

Now, nobody likes getting fired. But can you think of anything worse than finding out you’re fired while you’re on live television?

Yeah, we can’t think of anything either. So, meet poor Brighton & Hove Albion manager, er, ex-manager Gus Poyet.

Poyet, on air as a pundit for BBC’s coverage of the Confederations Cup, got the bad news from the show’s production team during a commercial break, after Brighton announced the sacking on their website. The insulting part? The club’s statement claimed it had notified their manager of the sacking.

Based on Poyet’s reaction, they clearly had not.

Why did Poyet have to go? It might have something to do with the suspension he received a month ago after comments he made on his players, who smeared feces - yes, feces - all over the dressing room of visiting rivals Crystal Palace before their Premier League promotion playoffs game, which Brighton lost. Just a hunch.

After that incident, Club executive Paul Barber issued an official statement, but did not address Poyet’s subsequent suspension:

"We apologized to Crystal Palace as soon as the vandalism in their dressing room was discovered, and again more formally a few days after the match. As a result of what happened, please rest assured we have reviewed our internal procedures to guard against this ever happening again."

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