David Moyes will be Sunderland manager wherever they are playing their football next season.
The 53-year-old Scot is currently engaged in a scrap for Premier League survival with the Black Cats having once again plunged deep into the relegation mire.
However, a report this week claimed Moyes had been told by owner Ellis Short that his job is safe whatever happens over the remaining weeks of the season, and while he has insisted nothing has changed since his arrival, he has confirmed that is his understanding of the situation.
He said: “I always felt I had that from the day I came in. It was always said right away there’s probably a bigger job to be done and it might take a bit more time, so if you say that, then you want to stay with it.
“I speak to Ellis quite regularly. We have always said things are fine, we have always said what the plan is. There’s a building job going on and hopefully we can try to get it all done together.”
Moyes is the club’s sixth permanent manager in the last four years and the eighth man to hold the post since Roy Keane left Wearside in December 2008.
More than one of his predecessors have voiced the opinion that, if the occupant of the hot-seat has been changed so many times and the same problems exist, then maybe those managers have not been the problem, and the current incumbent tends to agree.
He said: “You are all pretty educated fellas, so I would think that you’d have probably seen quite a lot of half-decent managers come through the door here as well, so maybe it’s not just the managers.
“But as managers, we take the rap, that’s part of the job. If you’re not winning, you’ll always get criticism. When you’re winning, it’s a lot easier, but when you’re not winning, you’ll always have criticism.”