Soon after Dick Advocaat revealed his ambitions and plans as the new boss at the Stadium of Light on Friday, Poyet opened up for the first time after his sacking in the wake of the 4-0??home defeat by Aston Villa.
It was a result that left the club perched just a point above the??Premier League relegation zone, but Poyet insisted he left the club after 18 months at the helm with his??head held high.
In a statement released on his behalf by the League Managers’??Association, the 47-year-old Uruguayan??said:??”Certainly I am very disappointed to have left Sunderland, but I??am extremely honoured to have served this special club as their manager.
“When I arrived in October 2013, Sunderland had played seven matches and lost??six, gaining only one point, and they were bottom of the Barclays Premier??League.
“Thirty-one matches later at the end of the season, we had won 10 and drawn??eight, taking us to the complete safety of 14th position. I will always remember fondly that miracle unbeaten run, a vein of form for which I was honoured to be short-listed for the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Year Award.
“I leave Sunderland feeling proud of all of our achievements during my tenure,??not least reaching the club’s first cup final in 22 years, when we took more??than 30,000 fans to the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley.
“Of the three Tyne-Wear derby matches since I joined the club as manager, I am??very proud that we were able to win all three, two of which were away from??home.”
Poyet won only one of his last 12 games in charge with his final??six games bringing just one goal in total with his side scoring just 23 times in 29 league games.
Poyet was appointed in an attempt to bring stability to the club after Paolo di??Canio’s brief but tempestuous reign, and while he was disappointed to lose his??job, he thanked chairman Ellis Short for appointing him.
He added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank chairman Ellis Short??for giving me my first opportunity to manage in the Barclays Premier League,??without a doubt the greatest league in the world.
“I also thank my staff for their valuable assistance, the players for all??their efforts and, in particular, the fans, who demonstrate such unbelievable??passion for the club.
“I sincerely wish everyone connected with Sunderland the very best for the??remainder of the season and beyond.”