IN Gus we trust!
The vast majority of Sunderland fans think Gus Poyet will still be in charge of Sunderland Football Club at the end of next season.
Our Big Sunderland survey was conducted before Poyet signed a deal which extended his contract to 2016.
It was also conducted against a backdrop of speculation surrounding the potential interest of West Ham United tempting him to Upton Park amid national newspaper speculation that Sam Allardyce was about to be sacked.
But despite that, fans had faith that Sunderland’s head coach would recommit himself to the club and faith that he the job he does at the Stadium of Light next season will be good enough to maintain his place at the helm of the club.
For every fan who believed that Gus would not be at Sunderland at the end of next season, 10 more thought he would.
And in the uncertain world of football management - and indeed Sunderland Football Club - a margin of 10 to one in favour represents some backing.
“We need some stability,” pointed out Andrew Smith of Ryhope.
“We must keep, he’s a good manager and we need stability,” echoed David Lee of Worksop.
“I really hope so - I can’t see a lot better who would come to Sunderland,” argued a pragmatic Tony Humphreys of Darlington.
“I hope so,” said Roy Mills of Roker. “He will have brought in his own players during the summer and I know the quality will be there.”
There were still those though who feared the worst.
And among those who foresaw yet another swift change of management was John McKee of Gateshead who suggested: “If he doesn’t improve the team, he will be sacked; if he does, well, he’ll be poached!”