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Brighton Coach Fired While Working On TV

  • Guardian, Monday, June 24, 2013 2:26 PM

Gus Poyet bizarrely learned that he was fired as coach of Brighton and Hove Albion while working as a pundit on the BBC’s Confederations Cup team on Sunday night. Poyet, who had been suspended and prohibited from talking to his team’s players while an internal investigation into his tenure was underway, revealed on-air that he would appeal the decision.

"The only thing I'm concentrating on is the appeal," Poyet said. "Because it is the right thing to do. I cannot stand it any more because after all this I took a little bit longer with my lawyers and they are reading the email I still don't have myself and so it's very difficult to make any comments. I need to read everything first but I'm saying I will appeal whatever they say in the email -- I know myself and I want to make sure everything is clear and whatever step I need to make I will make in the future."

Perhaps the most bizarre thing about the incident is the fact that no one really knows why the hearing was called in the first place. When asked, Poyet said he couldn’t say. Last season, the Uruguayan guided Brighton to the npower Championship playoff, where it lost to Crystal Palace in a two-leg series. After the second game in Brighton, it was revealed that excrement was found in the visitors’ dressing room. Poyet responded by sending a furious email to players and staff in which he also criticized the issuing of “clappers” to home fans in an effort to generate atmosphere.

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