Championship: Brighton uphold sacking of manager Gus Poyet
Brighton and Hove Albion have upheld the decision to sack Gus Poyet as manager of the club for gross misconduct.
Last Updated: 16/07/13 5:22pm
Poyet was originally suspended and then sacked from his post for an unspecified breach of club discipline, with former Barcelona midfielder Oscar Garcia named as the new Albion boss.
Brighton subsequently heard an appeal against the dismissal and have now confirmed they have decided to stand by their original decision.
"Following a suspension, investigation, disciplinary meeting, and separate appeal hearing, which was conducted by three members of the club's board in London on 11th July and 12th July 2013, Brighton and Hove Albion confirm that after further consideration, Gus Poyet's dismissal for gross misconduct has been upheld," read a statement on the club's official website.
"The panel's decision was delivered to Gus Poyet and his advisers a short time ago. The club's internal disciplinary process is now complete.
"In line with the club's policy to ensure and maintain confidentiality and dignity throughout this process, no further details of the disciplinary or appeal hearings will be released at this time.
"Despite the extremely disappointing end to Mr Poyet's career with Brighton and Hove Albion, the club would like to acknowledge Mr Poyet's service to the club, which included leading the club to the Football League League One championship in 2011 and to its highest league finish for more than 30 years in 2013."
The League Managers Association (LMA) issued a statement in response to the decision and promised to continue supporting him.
"I am really very surprised that the club has made the decision to dispense with the services of such an outstanding football manager as Gus Poyet," LMA chief executive Richard Bevan said in the statement.
"Gus has an excellent record of success with the club. We have every faith in Gus's integrity and have been impressed with the manner in which he has conducted himself during what, for him, has been an extremely difficult period.
"We have supported Gus throughout the disciplinary process and will continue to do so as required.
"We do not consider that the charges against him amounted to gross misconduct.
"Gus will now reflect on the outcome and discuss options with the legal team. It would, therefore, not be appropriate to make any further comment at this time."