Sunderland are reportedly not considering axing manager David Moyes despite the club’s terrible start to the season.
Saturday’s 2-0 defeat by fellow strugglers Stoke left the Black Cats rooted to the foot of the table and without a win from their opening eight fixtures, which have yielded a paltry two points.
But Press Association Sport understands Moyes, who is a hot favourite with the bookmakers to be the next top-flight manager to lose his job, is safe for now.
That may not go down well with fans who have seen the club scrap its way to safety over the final weeks of the campaign for the last four seasons, and heard its latest manager admit within weeks of his arrival that a fifth successive survival battle is more than likely.
Indeed, some are even calling for predecessor Sam Allardyce’s return following his brief and ill-fated spell in charge of the England national team.
However, Sunderland are desperate to end a cycle which has seen no fewer than eight men handed the reins on a permanent basis since Roy Keane vacated the hot-seat at the Stadium of Light in December 2008.
Chairman Ellis Short installed Moyes and chief executive Martin Bain during the summer and charged them with the task of creating the stability they have craved in recent years, and it is understood there is no appetite to rip up yet another blueprint barely before the ink is dry.