Sunderland have tonight confirmed that Sam Allardyce remains Black Cats boss for the time being, as the club look to secure maximum compensation from the FA.
Allardyce left Victoria Park 15 minutes before the final whistle in Sunderland's 3-0 pre-season friendly win against Hartlepool United tonight, with the 61-year-old under instructions to make no public comment about his imminent appointment as England boss.
However, Allardyce is expected to be confirmed by the FA within the next 24 hours, with David Moyes in line to succeed him at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland tonight released a strong statement which stressed the club's "anger" and indicated that they are holding out for a hefty compensation package, with another year to run on Allardyce's Black Cats deal.
"Naturally we are aware of the intense media speculation this evening, however, at the present time Sam Allardyce remains Sunderland manager," it said.
"We share in the anger and frustration of our supporters and would like to assure them that we are working to conclude the matter in the best interests of Sunderland AFC."
Allardyce had watched the first half of Sunderland's victory from the dug-out, but spent the first part of the second half in the tunnel talking with players and club officials.