GUS Poyet says he fully expects to be Sunderland boss next season despite intense speculation surrounding his future and stories linking him with a switch to West Ham United.
The Black Cats’ head coach is aware of the rumours surrounding him but was insistent after yesterday’s final game of the season that it is business as usual for him as things stand.
“Do I expect to be Sunderland manager next season?” he repeated to one questioner with a look of surprise. “Yes! Yes, I do.
“There are so many rumours that go around at certain times.
“But my way of thinking is that that is natural because everything is always going somewhere.
“Me? I feel I’ve done well this season.
“I don’t want to sound immodest, but I’ve kept the club up and proven myself in the Premier League.
“Because I’ve done that, my way of thinking is that you are going to be linked with clubs – it is natural.”
Part of the reason why it has been claimed Poyet would be tempted to take over at West Ham is because his family is based in London.
But he rubbished that suggestion: “The only reason my family is in London is because my son Diego is in London and my wife is there for him.
“If Diego left Charlton and moved to Borussia Monchengladbach, my family would be out there.
“He’s 19 though and soon it might be time for him to look at living on his own.”
Poyet also added that after a summer’s rest and media duties covering the World Cup, he will be looking forward to pre-season at Sunderland and a squad he will feel completely comfortable with.
“Next season it will be my players, my group, my mentality,” he said.