GUS Poyet has signed a new Sunderland contract which will will keep him at the Stadium of Light until 2016.
The Uruguayan would have entered into the last 12 months of his contract this summer had his original deal been allowed to wind down.
And chairman Ellis Short has moved quickly to offer him a lucrative new deal which secures his immediate future.
The move heads off weeks of potentially damaging speculation, with West Ham having already been strongly linked with interest in the South American by some media outlets, and speculation just starting to ramp up about the newly-vacant post at Southampton.
The improved contract is a reward for Poyet’s magnificent work at Sunderland last season in which the South American steered the club to a Capital One Cup final and FA Cup quarter-final.
Those achievements were dwarfed by arguably the most unlikely survival mission in the history of the Premier League.
And it was those efforts which have made Poyet hot property and seen him linked with prospective moves away.
Now though, Poyet’s future has been resolved in terms of the next few seasons and the club will have a stable base from which to rebuild a squad which will undergo much change this summer.
Poyet said: “I am delighted to extend my stay with Sunderland AFC, after an unbelievable season and our famous Great Escape.
“Stability is absolutely key to long-term and sustained success for any football club, and this new contract gives both the club and me that stability going forward.
“Now it’s a different challenge for me and the club and I am relishing the next stage with Sunderland.
“We achieved so much last season, working together - the club and the fans - and we took many good memories from the season.
“The prospect of creating more of those memories is one which excites me, and now I cannot wait for the next chapter in my career and the history of Sunderland AFC.”
Sunderland’s sporting director, Lee Congerton knows that having Poyet’s future assured at the club can only aid plans to bring in players who can take the club forward this summer.
He added: “We are naturally delighted that Gus has committed his long-term future to Sunderland.
“Our plans are well underway in terms of summer recruitment and we are working hard to bring new faces to the squad ahead of the 2014-15 season.”
Poyet’s backroom team of Mauricio Taricco, Charlie Oatway, Andy Beasley (goalkeeping coach) and Antonio Pintus (fitness coach) have also been retained to work alongside him.