Ex-Sunderland boss leaves Greek club, amidst Nottingham Forest speculation

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Former Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is on the look-out for a new club after leaving Greek side AEK Athens under a cloud.

Poyet had been a big success at AEK since joining them last October after steering them to second place in the Greek top flight, with 18 wins from his 28 games in charge.

However, Poyet released a statement earlier this week confirming he would leave the club when his contract was due to expire in the summer after a meeting between his agent and the AEK hierarchy.

That prompted AEK owner Dimitris Melissanidis to brand Poyet “immoral” to go public with his decision on the eve of the Greek Cup semi-final, with the Uruguayan now relieved of his duties.

“What he did was unacceptable, it was not the appropriate time to unsettle the team just hours before the semi-final,” said Melissanidis.

“AEK has never leaked any information from any of our meetings with him and for him to talk to the press about the contents of our meeting is immoral.”

Poyet has been linked with vacancies at both Swansea and Nottingham Forest this season, yet there had been discussions over extending his AEK contract.

But the statement from Poyet - who left Sunderland just over a year ago - made it clear that the outcome of his agent’s talks with the club left little room for manoeuvre, with the disagreement thought to have stemmed from transfer plans.

“After the meeting between the president and my manager and after reading misleading reports in the press for the meeting, I sat with the assistants and all my coaching team,” said Poyet.

“I explained why the meeting took place and what was said in it and decided that will I leave in the summer against my original desire and intention to stay at AEK.”