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Poyet to fight his sacking

GUS POYET has confirmed he plans to lodge an appeal against Brighton's decision to sack him as manager.

Brighton released a statement last night revealing Poyet's exit following a decision by the npower Championship club's internal disciplinary panel.

The statement claimed the club had informed Poyet of the decision, however, the stunned boss refuted that live on air after learning the news while acting as a pundit on the BBC for the Confederations Cup.

Poyet said he had received no communication from the club and that he had only become aware of the decision after BBC staff handed him a copy of the Brighton statement while on set during the first half of the match between Spain and Nigeria.

"I think the BBC have a great story forever, because a manager getting information that he is being released from his employment by the BBC is quite surprising," he said.

"I have had no communication, no texts, no e-mail. I didn't recieve anything on my phone so it is all up to you and the timing.

"The only thing I'm concentrating on is the appeal. I will appeal because it's the right thing to do."



Treble-winning Bayern Munich today unveiled their new coach Pep Guardiola amid a media frenzy as the Bavarians plan to extend their domination at home and in Europe.

"Forgive my German," Guardiola told an overflowing news conference at the club's Allianz Arena.

"I have lived in New York for a year and it is not the best place to learn German. What I feel now is a gift, a blessing to be here to be with Bayern and the very thought about me as the coach is a gift," added the Spaniard who has signed a three-year contract.

Guardiola, who won 14 trophies in four years at Barcelona, is Bayern's biggest signing for the coming season as they eye more silverware.

He has, however, a tough act to follow with his predecessor Jupp Heynckes leading Bayern to a domestic league and Cup double and the Champions League title in an unprecedented season for a German club.