After flirting with relegation for a number of years, there was no great escape this time as Sunderland were finally condemned to playing Championship football next year.
It was a poor season for the Black Cats and there is no guarantees that they will bounce straight back up in what is the toughest league in the world.
They will be hoping to follow in their rivals footsteps as Newcastle spent just a single season in the second tier before being promoted back to the promised land.
But as The Magpies found out, it will be far from easy for Sunderland.
There will be a few vital things they will have to do to make sure they can secure promotion at the first ask. They have been left manager-less with David Moyes resigning, so their first priority must be to get a manager in that knows the league and has done it there before.
We have seen examples of this in previous years with Chris Hughton being successful with Brighton and Steve Bruce with Hull.
A manager familiar with the league is important because he will know how tough it is and how to utilize his full squad in a 46-game season.
Sunderland are also on the verge of losing star-striker Jermain Defoe to Bournemouth which will prove a real problem as he was the main source of goals for them last season.
This should be the next priority for them, a 20-goal a season striker is essential to getting out of the Championship.
They didn’t score anywhere near enough goals last season so that will have to change and with the parachute payments, should go all out for a top striker to fire them back to the Premier League.
They will have to be smart in the transfer window and buy players who have experience of the league and that can take them back up.
Another stand out player for the club last season was young keeper Jordan Pickford.
The Englishman did all he could to keep Sunderland up but it was too big of a task.
The club will be desperate to keep hold of Pickford who will surely be on a number of Premier League clubs radars this summer.
If they can keep him he will play a major role in their promotion bid and would be one of the best keepers in the league.
There are no guarantees in the Championship, where anyone can beat anyone and there will have to be a lot of change for Sunderland to get back in the big time.