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Gus Poyet sacked by Sunderland, reports suggest

By Ali Gordon

It is understood that Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has been sacked.

It was revealed this morning that the North East club were due to hold talks with the club's hierarchy today to discuss his future at the struggling club.

Sunderland have won just once in 12 Premier League games and are only one point above the relegation zone after a 4-0 thrashing by Aston Villa.

Fans called for his exit after the Black Cat's 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday but the Uruguayan, who was contracted to the club until 2016 showed no signs of resigning from the position he took over in October 2013.

"It is is not even in question," he said. "I am extremely disappointed. I was not expecting this to happen. It is football I suppose but I have not spoken to the owner.

I don't know. I don't speak to the owner after every game. We speak when we need to speak.

"We conceded one goal and after that it was awful, awful to watch. Sometimes thing happen for a reason.

"The first half was not acceptable. I am responsible. One of the few in football, I am honest. When things go wrong I'm telling you I'm responsible. I don't pick and choose. I hate people who pick and chose and who have too many faces."

He added: "I'm trying to be careful because it would be too easy to blame everybody and throw plenty of news of to you. It is not me, I need to accept the responsibility."

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