Poyet leaves the side just one point above the relegation zone.
Poyet's Sunderland side have only managed the four wins in the Premier League this season, and they remain a point above the relegation zone going into the remaining nine games.
With Villa, the lowest scoring side in the division, commanding a 4-0 lead at half time, the Stadium of Light was a scene of fans leaving in their droves at half time, with some racing towards the dugout to make their views clear to Poyet. The writing appeared to be on the wall, and the sacking is of no surprise.
Sunderland fans don't seem surprised by the sacking. There are those that welcome the move as necessary as they aim to keep the side in the Premier League while others remember the job he did last season in keeping the side in the division against the odds, as well as leading them to the League Cup final. But there is an acceptance of the change given they have struggled in front of goal this season, and their situation is a perilous one.
With just the nine games to go, there is the inevitable feeling of concern with the uncertainty surrounding the position, with no name mentioned on the statement released by the club over who was taking charge of first team affairs.
Here is a selection of the reaction on twitter:
GUSTAVO POYET... Loved him, wanted him to succeed, shame how it's ended! Onto the next one...— Will_Crisp™ (@CrispyLAD) March 16, 2015
now Poyet has gone who do we get in now?— John (@johnml88) March 16, 2015
Thanks for the memories Poyet but we need to someone else to attempt to fix our useless squad now #safc— Tom Dunn (@Dunntom) March 16, 2015
Shame about Poyet but had to be done, lows can't outweight the highs, thanks for the memories #SAFC— Aidan Clucas (@aidanclucas) March 16, 2015
Could be a good thing that poyet has been sacked, need something to keep us up, was alright during his time— jordan middleton (@jordmiddleton) March 16, 2015
Sunderland sack Gus Poyet. Get in, I may see some positive football this season. Whoever it maybe that takes the role on..— Kimberley Fleming (@WembleySaFsee14) March 16, 2015
So Poyet has been sacked. Not 100% sure if I agree with it, we'll have to wait and see if they actually have a replacement in mind— George Colclough (@Georgieboy1993) March 16, 2015