By Molly Burke
After years of flirting with relegation from the Premier League, it looks like Sunderland could finally be set to be demoted to the Championship.
With only five wins all season the Black Cats have found themselves stuck at the foot of the table six points from safety.
It is well known that Sunderland usually wait until this time of the season to appoint a new manager and perform a ‘great escape’, grasping onto their Premier League status by the skin of their teeth.
However, after three losses in a row, it is looking unlikely that they will be able to continue the tradition.
The North-East outfit are currently in more than £170 million of debt but relegation may actually drag them out of this.
The team that finishes at the bottom of the Premier League table come the end of the season is rewarded with approximately £100 million due to TV deals.
As well as this, improved parachute payments would see the club handed £88 million over three years.
If Sunderland were able to clear their debts then chairman Ellis Short’s efforts to sell the club would be made a lot simpler.
The financial situation of a relegated Sunderland would be a much-more attractive proposition to prospective buyers and in comes a chairman willing who would put in the time and resources to fix a broken club.
The Black Cats would be given the opportunity that they have needed for a while – to rebuild a club that has been rotten to the core for so long.
They would be left with players that want to play football and fight for the club and, if able to handle their transfers well, could transform into a team capable of winning promotion back to the Premier League.
There is also the question as to whether David Moyes would be able to bring them back up.
The Scotsman has struggled to thrill the fans with his tactics and substitutions this season and the supporters are finding it hard to believe he would be any better if relegated.
Demotion to the Championship would be a huge gamble for the Mackems but after experiencing the same relegation scrap season after season it seems something needs to change.