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Sunderland’s Premier League relegation ten years in the making

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Sunderland’s ten years of Premier League survival

Sunderland were promoted as Championship Champions at the end of the 2006-07 season. Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane led the Black Cats to Premier League safety in their first season back in the top flight. However he resigned in December 2008 with Sunderland in the relegation zone. Ricky Sbragia was placed in charge until the end of the season. He managed to keep Sunderland up on the last day of the season despite a 3-2 defeat at home to Chelsea.

Steve Bruce was appointed manager and led the Wearsiders to a comfortable mid table finish in his first season in charge.  However they sacked Bruce following a poor start to the 2010-11 season. Martin O’Niell took charge and once again Sunderland survived thanks to good form at the end of the season. O’Niell was sacked like Bruce after to a poor start to the following season left them facing relegation.

New Blood

In came fiery Italian Paulo Di Canio who produced some memorable moments in a run that saw The Black Cats safe once again. Like his predecessors though he was sacked the following season. He lasted just six games before before being sacked with Sunderland bottom of the league. Gus Poyet replaced Dicanio and once more Sunderland managed an unlikely survival.

Poyet was also sacked the next season with Dutchmen Dick Advocaat leading them to safety. He resigned mid way through last season with Sam Allardyce taking over. The now Crystal Palace boss led Sunderland to a tenth successive season in the Premier League. Allardyce left in the summer to manage England but lasted just a game before his departure.

David Moyes was appointed as Sunderlands’ ninth manager in ten years in the summer. The former Manchester United manager said after his second game in charge that they were in a relegation battle. He was right. Sunderland have been in the relegation zone for most of the campaign. The Black cats were relegated following a 1-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth.

What next for Sunderland?

Sunderland’s instability over the last ten years has finally caught up with them. A constant trend of managerial sackings and departures has seen them stagnate for too long. They have a squad that should be able to compete at the top end oft he Championship next season. However the future of Moyes and many of the clubs best players is uncertain.

The Black Cats have the potential to be a strong club in the Championship next season. If the club learn from their mistakes and regroup then relegation may be the best thing for them for them for the future.