The next manager will have to improve this squad if they want to achieve promotion straight back up into the Championship.
Sunderland do have new owners but they will still be limited in the amount they are able to spend, so focusing on bringing in young talents as well as experienced players from League One is the best way to improve this team in a balanced manner in order to ensure they have a strong long-term future as well.
Their best players are likely to be poached, so this is a key transfer window for their future.
Here are four players they could bring in…
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