Sunderland have made the decision today to relinquish their manager, Gus Poyet, from his duties. The loss comes after a 4-0 thrashing at home to fellow relegation strugglers Aston Villa. Poyet, appointed last season to replace struggling manager Paolo Di Canio but the Black Cats have only won 4 games all season, drawing another 14 of them to keep their hopes of survival alive.
Other tough losses this season include their exit in the FA Cup 5th Round to League One side Bradford City. Sunderland will fact West Ham this weekend.