To the average Premier League fan, seeing Sunderland make the drop down to the Championship in 2017 was far from surprising. The Black Cats had been battling against the drop for years and relegation was inevitable. However, their second drop in 2018 was a huge shock. Now, though, they could be closer to the Premier League than you think.
Jack Ross is now in charge of the club and they’ve shifted the deadweight in the squad. Having got rid of Didier Ndong, Jack Rodwell and Papy Djilobodji over the course of the last couple of months has helped, and there are now little to no off-field issues that are affecting them. All the Black Cats need to do is knuckle down and secure promotion this season and they can start building for a future back in the top flight.
The Championship is not an easy league at all. Any team of the 24 in the league can beat each other on any given weekend, and it makes it one of the most unpredictable leagues in the world. However, the Mackems got a taste of what it’s all about when they suffered relegation from it last season, and now, with the right people in charge and money going into the right places, they can have a better crack at it this time.
The current crop of players at The Stadium of Light will be ready to give it a good go in the second tier of English football and will be desperate to follow in the footsteps of Wolverhampton Wanderers who are currently thriving in the Premier League after suffering a double relegation to League One. In the case of the West Midlands club, it was about believing in the project, and they did just that.
Now it’s the Black Cats turn to do so, and with Jack Ross in charge and some cracking players on the pitch who can get results, there really is no reason why they can’t make the step up not once, but twice, and make themselves a Premier League side once again. It’s not out of the equation, and should they be able to stabilise themselves next season, then becoming a top-flight side isn’t out of the question.
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