Poyet plans to stay put after great escape

Sunderland 1 Swansea 3

Poyet plans to stay put after great escape

The head coach’s future has been thrown into doubt since leading the Wearsiders’ Great Escape — the Uruguayan linked with a summer move to replace Sam Allardyce at West Ham.

Poyet can trigger a get-out clause before the end of May, and is set to thrash things out this week in fresh talks with Ellis Short — the club’s billionaire owner who led post-match celebrations in buying drinks for hundreds of supporters at the Stadium of Light.

Poyet said: “There are so many rumours, but do I expect to be Sunderland manager on the first day of next season? Yes. I care, I’m a supporter of this club.

“Every time I say I need to meet with the owner, people assume I’m leaving. We’ll have another meeting and yes, I want to know where we’re going and if it’s possible not to make the same mistakes of the last couple of years, because I like to plan ahead.

“I saw the owner today, and after having a week’s break I’ll be talking to him further.”

Sunderland’s stirring end-of-season revival was brought to a halt by Swansea, but their unlikely return of 13 points from the previous 15 had been more than enough to secure an eighth consecutive season in the top flight thanks to Poyet’s ‘miracle’ escape from seven points adrift with six games left to seal a 14th-place finish.

Inspired by Wilfried Bony, Swansea eased into a two-goal lead inside the opening 15 minutes to help them secure a deserved win that saw them clinch a 12th-place finish.

Manager Garry Monk will relish his first full campaign in charge next season, and he said: “I know I’ll be judged more harshly and on my own merits, but I’m not worried about that. I’m looking forward to being judged and doubted and there’s nothing better than trying to prove people wrong.”

Nathan Dyer opened the scoring in the seventh minute, taking advantage of some ponderous marking for Phil Bardsley to sprint onto an astute Wayne Routledge pass, before lofting a deft close-range finish beyond Vito Mannone from six yards.

Just seven minutes later, it was two, Jonjo Shelvey and Bony combining to find Marvin Emnes on the edge of the area. A sublime turn from the Dutchman to make John O’Shea feel all his 33 years engineered space for the forward to easily beat Mannone from the edge of the area.

Fabio Borini pulled one back five minutes after the break, evading Neil Taylor to find the net with a near post header from Adam Johnson’s out-swinging corner.

Bony was rewarded for his efforts as he restored the two-goal advantage soon after, his 25th goal of the season and fifth in four games.

SUNDERLAND (4-4-2) Mannone 6; Vergini 6, O’Shea 4 (Altidore 83, 6), Brown 6, Bardsley 4 (Celustka 64, 6); Johnson 6, Bridcutt 5, Larsson 6 (Ba 71, 6), Colback 6; Borini 7, Wickham 5.

SWANSEA (4-2-3-1) Tremmel 7; Tiendalli 6 (Davies 75, 6), Amat 6, Bartley 7, Taylor 6; Shelvey 7, Fulton 7 (Britton 73, 6); Dyer 8, Emnes 7 (De Guzman 55, 6), Routledge 8; Bony 9.

Referee: C Foy.

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