Roy Keane has thanked the Sunderland board for their support this summer as he prepares to enter talks over a new deal.
Keane was eager to strengthen his squad after keeping the Black Cats in the Premier League last season and chairman Niall Quinn made funds available for transfers.
The manager feels the future is bright for the club and has indicated that he would be willing to put pen-to-paper on a new deal.
"I have a year left but I have been delighted with the backing I have received in the transfer market," Keane said in The People.
"I'm also delighted with who I have brought into my backroom staff. Niall has been very good with that. They have given me great support.
"I am very happy and the club is making good progress."
Meanwhile, Keane has revealed that he is looking to send striker Anthony Stokes out on loan.
Stokes is unlikely to be given many opportunities at the Stadium of Light following the arrivals of Djibril Cisse and David Healy, but Keane would like him to play regular football.
"Anthony would benefit from going out and getting 20 games," Keane added in the News of the World.
"He's good enough to go and play in the Championship."
Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds are reportedly leading the race for the Republic of Ireland international.