Poyet appeared to find out the news while live on air, as he was working as a pundit for the BBC’s Confederations Cup coverage, although Brighton insist that he knew his dismissal was imminent at that point.
Poyet was successful with the Championship club and widely popular with the fan base as he took them from the bottom of League One to just two wins away from the Premier League.
Seagulls’ Chairman Tony Bloom announced last week that Poyet had stated he wanted to leave as early as March, but he turned down the chance to join relegation strugglers Reading shortly afterwards.
At the time of his dismissal he was the sixth longest serving manager in English football, his success was highlighted by the fact that he was at the head of the queue for any managerial vacancy in the top flight, most notably Reading.
The League Manager’s Association released a statement earlier in July stating their backing of the Uruguayan through this process.
They said: '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'.
Poyet’s replacement Spaniard Óscar García took charge of his first competitive game over the weekend, a 2-1 loss away form home at Leeds United.
Brighton will hope this issue is resolved quickly as they look to focus on building another strong Championship campaign.
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