Sunderland owner Ellis Short has thanked Gus Poyet for his efforts – but revealed he sacked him because of a lack of progress this season.
Sunderland today confirmed they have parted company with head coach Poyet.
In a statement, the club said it wished the Uruguayan well for the future.
But Short admitted that while he was thankful for everything Poyet had done last season – including beating relegation and steering the club to a League Cup final at Wembley – he had to act with Sunderland just one point and one place off the Premier League relegation zone.
Short said: “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.
“Sadly, we have not made the progress that any of us had hoped for this season and 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.”
The club added: “An announcement will be made in due course regarding the head coach position.”