Sam Allardyce has already started planning for the new campaign as he is convinced the side will stay up.
The former Bolton boss has always stated he would leave the club if they failed to ensure Premier League survival this season but the point at Southampton on Saturday has almost edged them over the line.
Allardyce is expected to now extend his contract at the club and get on with the important business of strengthening in the summer, with Andy Carroll’s future likely to be top of his list.
“I wouldn’t be here if we weren’t playing in the Premier League next season,” the former Blackburn boss said.
“I always said if I don’t keep them up, I won’t stay. We’re very close to being mathematically okay.
“I think it’s highly unlikely with four home games in the last six that we’re not going to pick more points up.
“We are going to be safe and playing in the Barclays Premier League next season so my planning will be done as quickly as possible and we’ll get on to the contract, which I’m sure I’m going to sign.”
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