Gus Poyet sacked while Steve Bruce re-signed

There were a couple of English Premier League managerial moves over the weekend of March 14/15 as Sunderland finally sacked Gus Poyet and Hull City announced they had re-signed Steve Bruce. Poyet’s time in the northeast was obviously running out since his squad has managed a grand total of four wins this season in 29 league games. Still, they somehow manage to sit above the relegation zone as there are actually teams worse than them. The final straw came when several fans tried to reach him in the team’s dugout during a 4-0 home loss to Aston Villa on the weekend.

Sunderland has racked up 26 points in the 2014/15 campaign from 29 matches and are a single point above 18th place and the relegation zone. They’ve lost 11 times this season and have dropped 26 points alone from their 14 draws. The loss to Villa means they’ve earned one win in their past dozen outings and the side has 23 goals this year and have conceded 43. The club thanked Poyet publicly on its website when announcing he had been sacked and admitted the side hasn’t made any progress since he took over from Paolo di Canio in October of 2013.

Poyet, a 46-year-old from Uruguay, managed to keep the team in the Premier League last season by capturing wins in four of the final five games and finishing 14th. However, his luck deserted him this year. Poyet did manage to lead Sunderland to the League Cup Final last year, but they were handed a 3-1 defeat by Manchester City.

Meanwhile over in Hull, the club has re-signed 54-year-old manager Steve Bruce even though his side is just two points ahead of Sunderland in the table with 28. Bruce took over at Championship League side Hull City prior to the 2012/13 campaign and led them to promotion into the Premier League in his first season. Since then he’s kept the club afloat in the top-tier, but that’s been about all he’s achieved, other than losing to Arsenal in last year’s FA Cup after blowing a 2-0 lead.

Fifteenth-place Sunderland currently has six victories, 10 draws and 13 losses with 26 goals under their belt and 37 conceded. They’re just three points ahead of 18th place Burnley and the relegation zone. There’s no doubt Bruce was happy at being handed a new contract even though his squad could very well be relegated in two month’s time.

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