SUNDERLAND have this afternoon sacked Gus Poyet as head coach.
The Black Cats chief’s job was left hanging by a thread after the 4-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa on Saturday.
And owner Ellis Short has acted, dismissing the Uruguayan after 18 months in the role.
Dutchman Dick Advocaat has been installed as favourite to take the reins on a short-term basis until the end of the season.
Reaction to Poyet’s sacking:
Poyet took over at Sunderland in November 2013 after the disastrous reign of Paolo Di Canio.
He guided Sunderland to the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley where they lost against Manchester City, and also masterminded the Great Escape as the club miraculously avoided relegation with a storming late run of victories.
However, results this season haven’t improved and he leaves with Sunderland just one point and one place above the Premier League relegation zone.