Relegation threatened Sunderland have announced the departure of manager Gus Poyet after their 4-0 thrashing by Aston Villa at the weekend.
Sunderland shipped four goals in the first half against Villa which left Sunderland just one point above the relegation zone.
It was reported this morning that Poyet would meet with the club's hierarchy to discuss the result and the future of the club, with the result of that meeting ultimately being Poyet's departure.
The club released a statement on their official website which read, "The club would like to place on record its’ thanks to Gus and wishes him well for the future."
Chairman Ellis 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.”
Poyet took charge at the club in October 2013 following the sacking of Paolo Di Canio, taking them from bottom of the league to last gasp survival, beating the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City to secure safety. He also guided them to the League Cup final, which they lost to City.
this season however the club have only managed four wins in the Premier League, and with relegation now a major concern, the club have acted.