After a surprising 4-0 loss to a resurgent Aston Villa, Sunderland sit just one point off the relegation places, and in a highly precarious position.
Injuries and suspensions have not helped the Wearside club, although some strange tactical decisions by Poyet have been a big cause of their struggle, and it is no surprise to see his head on the line after a poor campaign.
Following that defeat, the Telegraph ran a report claiming that the Uruguayan coach would be leaving the Stadium of Light this week, after talks with owner Ellis Sharp likely to happen on Monday afternoon.
Due to how little of the season there is left, it could prove hard to find a manager willing to replace Poyet, and the former Chelsea and Tottenham man may be given extra time in an attempt to keep the Black Cats in the top flight.
This gives him extra hope of keeping his job for longer than this week, but Poyet admitted that he is not thinking of potentially losing his job, with his only focus on fixing problems on the pitch.
Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, the ex-Brighton coach said: “I’m just doing what I need to do. If they [the club] call me now or tomorrow, then after that, everyone will know.
“But at the moment, I cannot think about that. I need to think about the job, what we did in the first half and concentrate on putting things right. Nothing else.
“Anything can happen at any time. I just need to concentrate on things that happened and why - who is ready to fight? Who is ready to do things right?”