Sam Allardyce has dismissed speculation linking him with the Sunderland position and insists he is happy at West Ham.
The Black Cats recently sacked Gus Poyet after a string of poor performances that have put the club in serious danger of being relegated to the Championship.
Former Rangers boss Dick Advocaat has been brought in as head coach until the end of the season but there are no guarantees the Dutchman will be offered the job on a full-time basis in the summer.
Allardyce is being heavily linked with the role and with the Englishman’s contract at Upton Park running out, speculation continues to grow.
However, the West Ham boss has dismissed the rumours and insists his focus is on the Hammers and building for the future.
“Pure speculation,” he replied when asked about reports linking him with the Sunderland post. “I’m West Ham manager and I’m contracted to West Ham and don’t expect anything other than somewhere along the line we’ll be talking about a contract here.”
West Ham are yet to offer Allardyce a new deal and recent performances have not impressed the hierarchy, with the team slipping down the table.
The Hammers had been challenging for a top-four spot at one point but they are now down in 10th place and 15 points adrift of a European position.
West Ham take on Sunderland at home on Saturday and the hosts will be looking to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal last time out.
The Hammers are favourites at 1.81 to win while the Black Cats are 4.31.