Sunderland have spiralled down further after dropping out of Championship for the next season as they are rooted at the bottom of the table. Their relegation is confirmed to League One after they lost to Burton Albion two goals to one. It certainly is a sorry state for the club as they were playing in the top flight just two seasons earlier.
The club is also uncertain about their future as they released a statement where they said the club is going through a”period of uncertainty“. In amidst of all this, their manager Chris Coleman has indicated that he will like to continue at the club. The club is also going through a financial trouble as their debts stand around £100m.
The club is in talks for new owners to take over but nothing has materialised. The club released a statement after their loss to Burton Albion, which said–
”Confirmation of relegation has been the culmination of what has been a demoralising season for everyone.”
“We began the campaign realistic in the knowledge that with the backdrop of relegation from the Premier League and our financial position, it would be a significant challenge to make an immediate return to the top flight.However, it was not envisaged nor expected that we would subsequently be facing the prospect of League One football, which makes this position all the harder to take.”
If the new owners don’t take over, the club will not be able to spend much in the transfer window and that could be a big blow to the former Wales manager. The club further added in their statement, which said-”Whilst naturally we feel devastated today, there remains a burning desire from within to re-build and re-invigorate the club.As we look at how to best achieve this, it must be recognised that we are in a period of uncertainty in relation to the club’s future ownership and the resolution of this will be the driving factor in how we move forward.”
Coleman was highly rated when he was brought in to resurrect the Black Cats. The manager had brought world’s attention to Wales as they qualified for the semi-finals of the 2016 Euros. However, at the Stadium of Light he has failed to work his magic and the fact that they are going down to League One, it will be a big stain on his reputation.
However, one cannot truly blame Coleman alone as he had to work with financial constraints throughout the season. It is good to see that the manager is not yet ready to jump this sinking ship as he is willing to work with Black Cats to improve their future.