Too big for League One?
It seems not so long ago we were watching Sunderland play Premier League football, with the likes of Darren Bent, Jermain Defoe, Carlos Edwards, Craig Gordon and Gus Poyet at the helm.
But they have since fallen to the third tier of English football, and the current boss Alex Neil gave fans a taste of the harsh reality when asked if the club was too big to be so low down the divisions.
“Well, it is a League One club. This is the bit that irritates me.” Neil replied, via The Northern Echo.
“People keep telling me we are not a League One club. Yeah? You are in League One.
“If you want to talk about the infrastructure, the fans base the stadium, are they League One standard? No.
“But the simple fact is that at the moment the club is a League One club.”