Sunderland will be aiming for promotion at the first time of asking as they can’t afford to stay in League One.
The Black Cats have been through one of the worst spells in the club’s history with consecutive relegations down to League One, but there is hope that new owner Stewart Donald and a new manager in Ross will be able to turn the club around and get them back to where they deserve to be.
Major personnel changes need to be made, though, because this club has a number of players who will want to be playing in a higher league and the spine of the team needs to be improved.
Here are three key pieces of business that Sunderland need to aim for this summer…
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