Dick Advocaat has pledged to let Sunderland know by next Thursday if he is willing to extend his tenure at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland have left Advocaat in no doubt that they want him to remain at the club, with chairman Ellis Short ready to do everything he can to persuade the 67-year-old to agree a fresh contract after leading the Black Cats to Premier League survival.
Advocaat had planned to retire after signing a two-month contract with Sunderland in March and bring the curtain down on his decorated managerial career.
But the manner of Sunderland’s dramatic escape from the drop has prompted question marks over whether Advocaat would be willing to stay on Wearside.
Advocaat reiterated today that he still hasn’t made a decision on his future and will not do so until next week when he holds discussion with Short.
But he will not leave Sunderland dallying over his future.
He said: “The family has a say in this, yes, but I don’t want to discuss that on a wider basis. Let’s wait and see next week.
“I have said already many times, I have to discuss it and I haven’t done it yet. I will start doing that next week, but I want to tell [the club] as quickly as possible.
“I have to make the decision next week, and I will tell the people from Sunderland on Thursday what I will do.”