Gus Poyet will be entrusted with reshaping Sunderland's squad and future regardless of which division the club is playing in next season, according to a report in The Telegraph.
The Uruguayan has made a very positive impression on supporters since arriving in October and Ellis Short has been similarly impressed. Although relegation does remain a possibility, it appeared to be a downright certainty when Poyet was appointed.
He has also delivered a first major cup final appearance in 22 years, two derby wins, and victories over Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. It's not too bad considering the situation he inherited.
I personally think the club should be doing all it can to ensure Poyet's future is on Wearside. It's not so much a vehemently pro-Poyet stance on my part - though I have been impressed by him - but more a generally desperate plea for some kind of stability and continuity. I am not sure I have the energy to just start all over - again. I'm not sure the club has either.
Moreover, Poyet seems to be the first manager at Sunderland in a very long time with some kind of actual plan and identity in mind. I may not agree with him on everything that he is doing (I never will with any manager), but when I turn up for the game I know what I can expect to see from the side. That hasn't been the case for many a year.
I think, regardless of how the rest of the season pans out, it's going to be another really hectic summer at the club. At least it's never boring.