Sunderland WOULD have been relegated if Gus Poyet had remained in charge at the Stadium of Light.
That is the view of a staggering 93 per cent of Sunderland fans who took part in our annual SAFC Survey which called on supporters to have their say on the highs and lows of the 2014-15 campaign.
More than 1,300 Black Cat supporters took part and today we can reveal the first batch of revealing results.
When asked if Sunderland would have stayed up had the Uruguayan remained as manager, Sunderland fans were convinced they would be playing Championship football this season.
Fans were critical of his spell in charge, with just 74 fans describing his time as manager as ‘good’.
A majority of 57 per cent of fans described his spell as a wasted opportunity, with a poor choice of tactics Poyet’s biggest shortcoming. His brand of football also came in for criticism, with almost a quarter of fans blaming that for his downfall.
More than 1,300 Black Cat supporters took part and today we can reveal the first batch of revealing results
There was no surprise over which goal was voted as best of the season though – Jermain Defoe’s wonder strike against Newcastle United in the derby win at a buoyant Stadium of Light.
Defoe took 87 per cent of the vote, with Adam Johnson’s strike at St James’s Park second, winning just 7% of votes.
When asked to rate the campaig, Sunderland fans didn’t hold back. Almost two thirds described the season – which ended with a narrow escape from relegation – as poor, with 32 per cent of fans saying it was simply awful.
There weren’t too many highlights but there were plenty of lowlights.
A battle against relegation, being dumped out of the FA Cup by Bradford City and some dreadful home collapses to name a few.
We also asked fans who they thought was the worst signing last summer.
The standout name was on-loan Inter Milan midfielder Ricky Alvarez, coming top of the poll with almost 50 per cent of the votes.
Alvarez arrived last summer on a season-long loan with a view to a £7.5million transfer, if Sunderland were able to retain their Premier League status.
But the Argentine’s loan spell was riddled by problems with his knee and saw him limited to just five Premier League starts – the last of which was Poyet’s final game in charge in March.
Romanian giant Costel Pantilimon captured the hearts and minds of Sunderland fans with his consistent form throughout the season.
And he was voted the best signing of the season - with a staggering 84 per cent of fans backing him.
Dick Advocaat was the saviour as Sunderland narrowly avoided the drop to secure their place in English football’s top flight and features tomorrow as we continue the breakdown of results.
Grab a copy to find out what you voted Sunderland’s best and worst display, who should be offloaded and which young star you want to see break through.