Ex-Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has told the Sunderland Echo that he was not anticipating being sacked by the club.
Poyet was dismissed by the Black Cats back in March after the side lost 4-0 to Aston Villa and he says that he didn't see his sacking coming.
The Uruguayan insists that he still feels proud of the job he did at Sunderland and he has fond memories of his time at the Stadium of Light.
“You are not expecting to get sacked," he said. "You are not thinking about it. You are just doing your job.
“But I was very proud to be there and we did terrific things. It was more than what it looked like from last year, but unfortunately it was not to be. Unfortunately results take the job from you.”
Poyet left Sunderland just above the relegation zone and they have barely improved in his absence.
The club's performances under his successor Dick Advocaat have still not been up to scratch and, as a result, they look in serious danger of going down.
Sunderland are currently in the bottom three and only a run of victories between now and the end of the season will stop them falling into the Championship.
It means that their game this weekend against Southampton is a hugely important one and Advocaat will be determined to ensure that his men do not fall short of expectations again.