Sunderland have had to endure testing and highly disappointing times in recent years, going from the dizzy heights of the Premier League to their current position in League One.
The Wearside outfit are now battling to make the step back up to the Championship in order to rebuild the club's name and reputation on and off the pitch.
It's a hard and daunting task but one that has brought fans and members of the Black Cats closer together, during these highly challenging and testing times.
The club have endured a tough time of late, dropping down divisions in recent seasons to now take up a position in League One. Of course, it was never easy in the Premier League, as current clubs in the top tier are beginning to find out, such as Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The current Premier League relegation odds have Cardiff City as the odds-on 4/11 favourites with Betfair to go down to the Championship immediately after securing a famous promotion to the top-flight.
That could ultimately see them spiral further down like the Black Cats, who are busy rebuilding and trying to get back on track in the third tier of English football.
The season got off to a great start with a victory over rivals Charlton Athletic, giving the home supporters at a rapturous Stadium of Light plenty to be happy and optimistic about for the forthcoming campaign.
Things then took a turn with a disappointing draw against Luton Town, which was then followed up by a defeat in the EFL Cup at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday.
Although, that cup loss should turn out to be a blessing in disguise, with manager Jack Ross now being able to fully focus on his side's domestic duties and the aims of making a welcomed return to the second tier next season.
Sunderland then went on an impressive run of three consecutive league victories, seeing them surge domestically and rise towards the top of the table, exactly where they want to be come next year. Promotion places are hard to come by in such a testing division and an automatic spot is daunting at present but very uch achievable in the long run.
There has been somewhat of a slow in pace in recent weeks, with the club only managing a couple of successive draws against both Oxford United and Fleetwood Town, with a penalty shoot-out victory over Stoke's Under-21 outfit being sandwiched in between as a friendly warm-up game.
The focus is now fully on getting back on track and securing a return to winning ways, before any more slip-ups could prove costly during the course of a long and arduous League One campaign.
The Black Cats currently sit in a promising playoff position still, but manager Ross and his team will want more from this term and an automatic promotion is surely the aim for Sunderland.