Gus Poyet has been assured his job is safe, even if Sunderland are relegated.
The Telegraph says Poyet has been told his job is safe even if he fails to keep the club in the Premier League, although his players will be punished if they are relegated with a 40 per cent wage cut.
Ellis Short, the Sunderland owner, and Margaret Byrne, the chief executive, have been impressed with Poyet’s progress since joining the club and recognise he inherited a mess from his predecessor, Paolo Di Canio.
They have told Poyet that he, along with Lee Congerton, the new sporting director, will be given the job of reshaping the first-team squad regardless of whether they are in the top flight or the Championship next season.
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