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Gus Poyet has been sacked as manager of Brighton & Hove Albion after being suspended since May 2013.

Mr Poyet’s sacking was allegedly revealed to him whilst he was operating as a pundit for BBC Sport in its coverage of the Spain v Nigeria Confederations Cup game on 23 June 2013. At half-time a member of staff at the BBC handed Mr Poyet a print-out of a post on the Brighton club’s website stating that Mr Poyet had been dismissed with immediate effect as its manager after a disciplinary hearing. Mr Poyet claimed that this was the first time that he had been notified of his sacking, a claim which a spokesman at Brighton rejected.

It is not currently clear why Mr Poyet has been sacked from his position at Brighton and he has claimed that he had not expected the decision, which came after a disciplinary hearing was adjourned this week because he was unable or unwilling to attend it. He had expected negotiations between his lawyers and Brighton to continue for an ongoing period of time and stated that he was unsure as to whether Brighton were “messing with [his] career”. It is not as yet clear whether Mr Poyet intends to appeal the decision to dismiss him.

Brighton commented on the matter that “Gus Poyet has been informed today by Brighton and 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.

“In line with the club’s own procedures, and UK employment law, Mr Poyet now has a right of appeal. As such, the club will make no further comment on this matter or recent LMA statements at this time.”

The LMA backed Mr Poyet last week in his decision to miss the scheduled disciplinary hearing and stated that the charges against him were – in it’s opinion – “unfounded”.

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