Things have simply been consistently going from bad to worse for the Black Cats in recent years. Now, the north eastern giants find themselves preparing for life in League One following successive relegations from the Premier League and the Championship.
Jack Ross, the new Sunderland boss, is the latest in a long line of managers to be tasked with arresting the decline. Obviously, the others all failed.
The Scotsman has a big job on his hands if he’s going to revert the recent trend and set Sunderland back on their way to the top.
He’s made a good start by beginning to move out some of the dead weight in his squad who have been drowning Sunderland.
There are now rays of optimism emerging from the Stadium of Light, and fans will be hoping that the new boss can instigate a reinvigoration of some of the club’s underperforming stars.
McManaman has only been with the club a year but has so far failed to make a positive impression on Wearside. He’s now preparing to play at League One level for the first time in his career, and at 27, this is a long way from where many expected him to be when he was inspiring Wigan to an unlikely FA Cup triumph in 2013.
In the intervening years we have seen glimpses of McManaman’s talent and trickery, and at his current age he should be entering his prime as a footballer.
The former England under-20 international’s career trajectory is in desperate need of an upturn and Jack Ross will be hoping that he’ll hit that inclining curve this season.
If Ross can work McManaman back into form then he’ll have a winger on his hands capable of ripping up League One.