Sunderland lost again on Saturday to continue their disastrous season and whilst they are only five points away from safety, a second successive relegation does seem inevitable.
Chris Coleman arrived in November but was unable to stop the alarming form that had dragged the side near the bottom of the table.
Then, an awful January window made things worse with not enough quality brought into the club.
The Black Cats haven’t won for two months and many fans will have resigned themselves to the drop already given the manner of recent performances.
Whilst Ellis Short remains as owner of the club it is hard to see a positive future, however, there are some reasons to be optimistic for next season for Sunderland fans.
Firstly, they have several promising youngsters coming through who will get a chance to play regularly and become a key part of the team. Plus, they are a massive club in the third tier and will attract better players for this level.
Here at FLW we decided to look at an XI that could fire Sunderland to promotion next season.
Of course, there are few of the current crop in the side, with many sure to leave in the summer – not that the fans will care.
Let us know what you think of this team and anyone else you would sign in the comments below!