In the bottom three, struggling for form, and the ownership of the club uncertain, Sunderland are in a real mess.
Chris Coleman was recruited following the sacking of Simon Grayson earlier in the season, but the former Wales boss has failed to halt the slide currently engulfind the Stadium of Light.
Just a handful of wins this term, Coleman will not give up the fight until all is lost, and thoughts of next season will be far removed from the mind of the 47-year-old Welshman.
The football world can see that changes are required within the squad when the transfer window reopens, but Sunderland’s business will depend upon which division they find themselves in next term.
If they fall into League One next term – a fate that looks increasingly likely – Coleman must ensure this transfer activity occurs…