A long way from safety with just a handful of games remaining, it appears that successive relegations are all but secured for Chris Coleman’s Sunderland side.
The former Welsh national team boss was drafted in to replace Simon Grayson early in the campaign to steer the Wearsiders away from the drop, but poor performances from a pitiful squad have seen the Premier League regulars almost certainly plummet into the doldrums of the third tier.
A far cry from trips Old Trafford and Stamford Bride, Sunderland will be returning to a familiar ground in Highbury; not Arsenal’s famous old stadium in north London, but Fleetwood Town’s home in the north west.
Many from the playing squad must stand up and admit their failures, with Lee Cattermole particularly standing out as a man to have let the club and its fans down this season.
On a big money contract until 2021, the player will be thinking long and hard about this trio of questions when he departs for what will be a miserable summer break…
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