How To: League One

With only three games left of the season, Sunderland are still rock bottom of the Championship. Although relegation is not yet confirmed, it’s now a matter of when and not if. Now we are going to look at what the lads need to do to bounce back if they are playing in the third tier of English football next season.

Chris Coleman

A lot of fans including myself were full of optimism when Coleman took charge in November, however we still look destined to be relegated. He cannot be blamed for the situation the club is in, the problems have been there for the past few seasons and now they are finally starting to have some impact. Chris Coleman has said that he wants to stay at the club regardless of whether we go down, and I am behind him one hundred percent. Sunderland have a habit of getting rid of managers, with seven different managers in the past five years. The club needs stability, with that comes finding the right man for the job and sticking with him. I still think Chris Coleman is the right man for the job and with him in charge, I think we will come straight back up to the Championship.

Consecutive Wins

This one might seem obvious, but it must be said. Sunderland have failed to win consecutive games in the league this season, and it is a major problem which has left us at the bottom. To even have a chance of staying up, they need to win their last three games and hope other results go there way; so, we can assume that is not going to happen based on the season so far. Sunderland will need to make a habit of winning if they are playing in League One next season. To be promoted we will have to win most of the games and be a real force in the league. Other teams should be afraid to play Sunderland. There is no point in getting three points one week just to be followed up by a loss the next. If Sunderland manage to make a habit of winning, then we will be challenging for promotion next season.

A New Owner

Something that Sunderland have really lacked over the past few seasons, especially this one, is investment. Ellis Short has no desire, passion or drive towards the club and he is so desperate to sell, that he is willing to give the club away for free, if the new owners take on the club debt which is believed to be over £100 million. Getting Short out of the club would be the first step to recovery. But who would want to buy a club in decline. There are no guarantees that a new owner will come in and spend the money needed to rebuild, but if a scenario comes around where an owner is willing to spend, then the rebuilding job can begin. Sunderland spent just £1.25 million in transfer fees last summer, resulting in a below par squad and almost a second consecutive relegation. For us to start climbing back up the leagues, we need sensible investment. It is likely that there will be a squad revamp in the summer and the players who come in need to be determined and want to play for the club.

No matter what happens, I will be supporting this great club. If what I have said comes to fruition, Sunderland will come back stronger. Haway the lads!