The 2017/18 season was far from a great one for Sunderland, in fact it will probably go down as the worst campaign in the club’s history.
Having suffered one embarrassing relegation from the Premier League the season before, hopes were high that they would at the very least, be challenging for promotion straight away.
Simon Grayson initially took up the reins but after a slow opening month, it quickly became apparent that all was not well at the club.
By Christmas they were wedged firmly in the relegation zone, with new boss Chris Coleman needing something close to miracle to see them out of it.
That miracle never came, and after a 2-1 defeat at home to Burton Albion in April, their relegation to the third tier was confirmed.
I am sure many fans would have happily forfeited the final two matches of the season just to end their pain, but they still had to face Champions Wolves on the final day of the campaign.
On paper, this would only go one way, with an emphatic win for the runaway league winners surely on the cards.
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— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) May 6, 2018
But the Black Cats finally decided to turn up, albeit far too late in the season, with goals from Ovie Ojaria, Ashley Fletcher and Paddy McNair handing the home side a shock 3-0 win.
It did little to ease the pain of relegation, however, and the fans remained largely unhappy:
Completely and utterly pointless
— John Luke (@Citybeacher) May 6, 2018
Great game lads. Just keep that up for the rest of the season.
— Dr Pepper coke (@pepper_coke) May 6, 2018
Sunderland winning today was like gift wrapping the dog, before telling everyone that you’ve just run it over.
— Chris C ???????????????????????????? (@ChrisCollier79) May 6, 2018
Sunderland till I die ✊????
— Joe (@ShadyBeaver_) May 6, 2018
Looking forward to it lads, season card holder once again
— Craig Lavender (@craig_lavender) May 6, 2018
We WILL be back stronger and better!! @SunderlandAFC till I die ????⚪????⚪????
— Lee Michael Dunn (@dunnysafc15) May 6, 2018
As quickly as we’ve went down, with the right manager and proper investment from the new owners that’s how quick we’ll go back up #HawayTheLads
— Dan Harrison (@DJ_Haribo) May 6, 2018