In what might well be the most awkward sacking of all time, Gus Poyet received word that he was no longer manager of Brighton & Hove Albion while live on television.
Poyet was a studio guest on the BBC’s coverage of the 2013 Confederations Cup game between Spain and Nigeria. Sure enough, during the half-time discourse, host Mark Chapman interrupted proceedings to inform the man sat across the table that he’d just lost his job.
Poyet had been on gardening leave at Brighton for a month after losing out in the Championship play-off semi-finals to Crystal Palace.
“I’ve had no communication, text or phone call since I’ve been here. Nothing,” he mumbled as Chappers kept right on pushing the issue for four excruciating minutes…
Poyet had previously been informed to stay away from Brighton after sending a global email in the wake of the Palace defeat, chastising the club for handing out thousands of naff paper clappers to fans and demanding that the anonymous culprit responsible for smearing excrement on the Palace dressing room floor be brought to justice.
Sackable offences, apparently.