Sunderland supporters have expressed their disappointment at the way Gus Poyet's tenure at the club came to end following a statement released by the Uruguayan earlier today.
Poyet posted an impassioned defence of his management on the League Managers Association's website and took the time to thank fans of the Black Cats for their support during his time at the Stadium of Light.
It was a heartfelt message and one which has been well received by followers of the North East club.
Sunderland parted ways with Poyet at the start of this week and, although it was a decision that looked inevitable, there is still a feeling of sadness that his spell ended in the manner it did.
The pressure grew on Poyet throughout Sunderland's disastrous season and a 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa meant that his position had become untenable.
It appears that Poyet will still be fondly remembered at the Stadium of Light, though, even if things didn't work out as hoped, and his statement has earned him a lot of respect from Sunderland fans.
Here is the best reaction to the message from Sunderland supporters on social media site Twitter.
Love poyet me. What a bloke. Gutted how it ended for him.— michael trotter (@michaeltrotter7) March 20, 2015
Gus has released a statement: http://t.co/PCEaYznDuy Very clever in my opinion. And good on him, we've been poor but he achieved a fair bit— Carl Rutherford (@carlrutherford) March 20, 2015
Poyet's statement oozes class.. Problems are much further than him.. Just lost his way but still a good manager.. Will get another shot— Joe Smith (@Joecsmith11) March 20, 2015
In all fairness to Poyet, his statement does show complete class.— JWB (@JATBailey) March 20, 2015
Fair play to Gus Poyet. Very dignified statement regarding SAFC. Best wishes for the future.— Peter Ross (@Peterross83) March 20, 2015
Poyet's statement— jake (@MyBoyHershel) March 20, 2015