WEST HAM’S decision to keep faith with manager Sam Allardyce has poured cold water on speculation that Gus Poyet could take charge at Upton Park.
Reports last week suggested Poyet was a target for the Hammers, with Allardyce coming under-fire from his own supporters towards the end of the season.
But West Ham issued a statement yesterday confirming that the former Sunderland defender will remain in charge.
Poyet’s eagerness to see several issues over both his and the club’s future had prompted talk that the Uruguayan could leave his role as Black Cats head coach.
But as the Echo reported last week, Poyet is committed to his task at Sunderland.
Poyet is due to sit down with Sunderland owner and chairman Ellis Short this week for a second round of talks over how to move forward after the Black Cats’ remarkable escape from relegation.
The Uruguayan wants greater control by being appointed manager rather than head coach, has been keen to implement a new set of standards for Sunderland’s players to follow and has been looking to alter the way the club develop their homegrown talent.
Poyet has also wanted assurances over transfer funds for the summer, while his contract - which only has a year left to run - is an issue to be addressed.
But it would take a host of Poyet’s ideas to be rejected for him to walk away from his role at the Stadium of Light.
The former Brighton boss is in a hugely strong position after steering Sunderland to safety, while Short, himself, has been delighted by the remarkable transformation overseen by Poyet.
Meanwhile, mooted Sunderland target Marc Albrighton is on the verge of joining newly-promoted Leicester City.
Albrighton, whose contract expires at Aston Villa this summer, was linked with Sunderland, Everton and Leicester in reports last week.
But despite Villa being keen to keep hold of the winger, the former England Under-21 international is now expected to pen a bumper deal at Leicester.