Sunderland have sacked Gus Poyet.

With half the fans voting with their feet once the fourth goal went in before half-time on Saturday, the writing was on the wall for the mackem manager.

Gus Poyet took training this morning with the Sunderland team but was then sacked afterwards in a pre-arranged meeting with club executives.

Sunderland have a habit of sacking managers just before playing Newcastle and Poyet’s arrival was no different, getting the job only week s before the mackems beat Newcastle 2-1 at the Stadium of Light in October 2013.

Poyet leaves with a record of three derby wins out of three and without the six points off Newcastle last season, Sunderland would have been .

Similarly, the Mackems would now be in the bottom three if it hadn’t been for the latest win at St. James’ Park earlier this season.

When arguably the current two worst and least attractive teams in the Premier League meet on April 5th, it won’t be one for the purists…we will though be looking for which set of players wants it more.

On recent derby evidence I have to say that I will be travelling down there with little expectation.

That game could relegate or keep Sunderland up, if Newcastle’s players do nothing else this season they have to help send our neighbours down.

In eighteen months at the dark place, Gus Poyet only won 14 Premier League matches and 3 of those were against Newcastle.