Moyes will be in charge of Sunderland next season

The former Manchester United manager has overseen a dismal Premier League campaign that saw the Black Cats end their 10-year stay in the top flight.

Moyes immediately cast doubt over his future, adding after the match that his only hope was to ensure Sunderland were in position to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking, but after speaking with Short and chief executive Martin Bain this week, Moyes confirmed that he retains the backing of the club's board.

"I know how hard Sunderland is. I've got a four-year contract so I don't know what you're talking about "a decision".

Asked if he would remain in charge next season, Moyes replied: "Yes".

"But until that time when we are safe, I can't pursue that".

I will know more come the end of the season.

"We've got lists of players right through the group that we have identified and we will talk about".

"We plan to meet again in the next couple of weeks".

Moyes criticised Short's failure to back him in the transfer market in January and it was suggested Sunderland's slide into the Championship would trigger the Scot's dismissal. That group seems to be growing in number and visibility, meaning a potentially tricky balancing act awaits if he does remain in post, but the 54-year-old was hardly in bridge-building mood on the eve of Saturday's clash with Hull. "I came to a part of the country I was led to believe that's how they wanted to be spoken to and I told them exactly".

"When we're secure and safe in the Premier League as hopefully we are, we can talk about all the agents ringing in with their players... and I'll tell you if the agent is telling the truth or not".

Striker Defoe, 34, who has blasted 14 goals for the relegated Wearsiders' this season, is contracted to the club until June 2019.

"If it is up to me then you want to finish your career where it all started, which is back home, If I do get the opportunity then I'll take it with open arms".