South American’s odds to be the new Hammers trainer dropped from 66-1 to 11-4 on Friday.
Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet is the new favourite to take over from under-pressure West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce in the Upton Park dugout next season, according to reports in The Times.
The Uruguayan has just guided the Black Cats to Premier League survival after a remarkable run of recent results, despite the club being bottom of the table at Christmas.
However, despite enjoying shock wins away from home over the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, Poyet may still opt to leave the Stadium of Light at the end of the campaign unless he is given more control over football operations on Wearside by the club’s owner Ellis Short when the two meet for face-to-face talks about the future of the club next week.
And in a new twist on this story, it has also now emerged that Poyet has a clause in his contract in the north east that allows the 46-year-old to walk away from Sunderland this summer at no cost to him, although that release clause must be activated by the end of May.
Sunderland v Swansea
Sunderland HOME WIN
“Sunderland are one of the form sides in English football at the moment and after taking the Black Cats to the League Cup Final and on a great run to escape relegation, Gus Poyet should be on the short-list for manager of the month. Swansea have had four defeats in the last five matches, but have managed to avoid the relegation battle, through the poor form of those below them. Another three points for Sunderland today ”
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