No one saw this one coming. Even Gus Poyet himself must’ve been surprised. Losing 4-0 to a team that’d previously scored all of 15 goals this season wasn’t that embarrassing, right? And it surely didn’t matter that Sunderland had won just four times, with the latest coming on the final day of January. After all, the team was still safe, sitting an entire point above the relegation zone. Considering the heroic battle the Black Cats fought to escape the drop last season, it would be foolish for the club to lose faith in the manager.
Yet foolishly, Sunderland has gone and sacked Poyet.
Thus ends 17 months in his cushy seat at the Stadium of Light – and all Gus has to show for it was an empty spot in the trophy cabinet where that big, glorious League Cup might have gone.
And as if this wasn’t disheartening enough for poor Poyet, the Uruguayan had to go and train his (now former) side before stepping into the meeting that decided his fate. Then again, fans who were forced to watch Sunderland capitulate this weekend are probably thinking the club could have found a harsher punishment.