Sunderland now have the unwanted record of suffering relegation in two successive seasons afterthey were relegated from the English Premier League last year and now of the Championship table.
The situation has become so painfully hopelessfor Sunderland fans that it seems like their club couldn't win a match even ifthey were given a head start of one or two goals. In fact, many people who followthe Championship very closely have even went on and started handicap bettingon all matches in which Sunderland take part. This has proven to be quiteproductive for punters as Sunderland pick so few wins which come so farin-between that betting against them is the only sensible option.
However, Sunderland are a big club and itis likely that they will turn this situation around sooner rather than laterand here are 3 reasons why they can return to being a decent club once again.
Sunderland's football academy is that of aPremier League side and not that of a Championship or League One team. Thismeans that they can just rely on the players in their youth academy, give themtime to develop in the lower league matches and then reap the benefits from theexperience they gain from playing week in week out.
Furthermore, youngsters like GeorgeHoneyman and Lynden Goochmay prove to be the future of Sunderland with the right guidance and tutoringand if the clubs decides to build around them and add a couple more players,who knows what the future might hold for Sunderland. They may even follow thepath of Wolves and climb divisions in successive seasons.
Faithfuland Numerous Support
When in 1999 a Sunderland reserve gameagainst Liverpool drew a crowd of 33,517 it was one of the many examples whichshowed that Sunderland had some of the most faithful supporters when evenSunderland reserve games could draw much bigger crowds than Premier Leaguegames for other clubs. In fact, in that period of time only Liverpool andManchester United had higher attendance than Sunderland and this was evidenceenough that clubs with much lower financial resources could get the samesupport that super rich clubs get.
This fan base has since diminished and thenumber of supporters visiting Sunderland matches is decreasing with everypassing week and each bad result. However, the potential for a crowd resurgenceis still there and the young children which got free tickets to visit thatLiverpool reserves game can now lead their club as adults into the PremierLeague once again.
Back in 1999 Sir Bob Murraysaid: "We want to be a national club, a household name, perhaps everyone'ssecond favourite team." This may still come true as the football cultureis there in Sunderland and they are one of the best representatives of howfootball is played in the North. As such they are deserving of a place in thetop tier.