Sunderland’s 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa on Saturday was the final nail in the coffin for Poyet and that embarrassing loss stretched the team’s unbeaten run to six in the league.
“Sadly, we have not made the progress that any of us had hoped for this season,” Sunderland chairman Ellis Short said in a club statement released today.
“We find ourselves battling, once again, at the wrong end of the table. We have therefore made the difficult decision that a change is needed.
“I would like to thank Gus for his endeavours during his time at the club, in particular last season’s ‘great escape’ and cup final appearance, which will live long in the memory of every Sunderland fan.”
Sunderland have won just four times in the Premier League this season and have drawn a total of 14 games this season, half of those by a 0-0 scoreline.
The club bought Jermain Defoe in January but the Black Cats have not improved enough in front of goal to steer clear of relegation troubles.
Only Aston Villa (19) have scored fewer goals than Sunderland (23) in the league this season and the Black Cats have registered the fewest number of shots in the top flight.
Dick Advocaat is the early favourite to replace Poyet at the Stadium of Light but whoever comes in will only have nine games to turn things around.
Sunderland travel to West Ham on Saturday and it is unclear if a new head coach will be in charge for the trip to London.
Current West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is also in the running for the job at Sunderland and he is the second-favourite at this point. Michael Laudrup, Harry Redknapp and Glenn Hoddle are three other names being linked.
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