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Gary Rowell

Self-inflicted blows responsible for greatest fall in club’s history

When Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League 12 months ago, everyone hoped the the stay in the Championship would be brief, although most recognised a season of transition would probably mean a mid-table finish.

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Sunderland youngster Josh Maja.

Why Josh Maja should start against Wolves and Sunderland prodigy Bali Mumba be given a run out

To the great delight of what must be every Sunderland supporter, this season finally ends when champions Wolves and their fans visit Wearside on Sunday.

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Ellis Short

New owners must avoid mistakes of the past if Sunderland AFC is to fulfil its huge potential

Not only will Sunderland be in a new division next season, they will be there with a new owner and new manager following the news on Sunday that Ellis Short has sold the club.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic will be the most popular man in Newcastle if he heaps more misery on Sunderland

Aleksandar Mitrovic will be the most popular man in Newcastle if he heaps more misery on Sunderland

Sunderland and their long-suffering fans make the journey to the capital for their last away game of this nightmare season when they play Fulham on Friday night.

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Sunderland manager Chris Coleman.

Sunderland’s relegation is devastating, demoralising and an embarrassment to a loyal fanbase

For the second successive season Sunderland suffer the humiliation of relegation, and while I thought last year’s was bad, the feeling on Saturday night when it finally sunk in was 10 times worse.

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Sunderland manager Chris Coleman.

Ex-Sunderland striker Darren Bent could have huge say in relegation battle as Championship’s worst teams meet

Sunderland fans have the exciting prospect of watching the two worst teams in the Championship play against each other when Burton Albion visit Wearside on Saturday.

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Sunderland players thank the away fans at Reading.

Catalogue of Sunderland shortcomings behind inability to keep clean sheet and win games

For the third game in a row, Sunderland found themselves in front with time running out against Reading but just like against Leeds United and Norwich City, couldn’t hold on and get themselves over the line.

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Callum McManaman's red card

Sunderland’s abysmal home form down to being too friendly and accommodating - time to show some fight!

The games continue to come thick and fast in this gruelling, relentless division, as Sunderland prepare for the visit of Norwich City tonight, followed by Reading away on Saturday.

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Sunderland manager Chris Coleman.

Could crucial, yet hectic, Easter fixtures seal Sunderland’s fate?

After a two week break, Sunderland have a busy Easter weekend coming up, with a trip to Derby on Friday night, quickly followed by a home fixture against Sheffield Wednesday.

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There was more misery and mental weakness on Saturday against PNE

What coaches told me coming through ranks at Sunderland – it should apply to current crop

When you look over the wreckage of this season, so many things have gone wrong, in fact nobody could have done a better job if they had set out from day one to purposefully plan out a disastrous campaign.

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Chris Coleman has tried all sorts of formationas and personnel.

Chris Coleman’s tinkering may be part of the problem but his job is almost impossible

The freezing, miserable, arctic conditions at the Stadium of Light on Saturday and the predictable – almost routine – defeat to Preston seemed to sum up perfectly the bleak situation Sunderland football club is in right now.

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Sunderland need to sort their home form out.

This is the toughest task facing Sunderland boss ahead of must-win Preston game

With the matches Sunderland have remaining now worryingly in single figures, the odds of surviving are getting longer.

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Jason Steele sees red at Loftus Road.

Failure to replace Lewis Grabban haunts Sunderland as Cats find new way to lose

If Sunderland are to suffer another relegation then Saturday’s defeat at Queens Park Rangers will be seen as the perfect reason why it has happened.

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Aston Villa's John Terry (centre) attempts to shoot a goal but misses during the Sky Bet Championship match at Villa Park, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 11, 2018. See PA story SOCCER Villa. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

John Terry is reminder of how far SAFC have fallen – now they must beat either Aston Villa or QPR to survive

It’s another massive few days for Sunderland with a trip to QPR on Saturday, but before that is the visit of former boss Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa side tonight, in a game were both teams are desperate for the points.

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Sunderland goalkeeper Jason Steele.

Sunderland’s goalkeeping problems are of their own making and has led to this shocking stat

If Sunderland were in mid-table, an away draw at a difficult place like Millwall would be seen as more than acceptable.

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Jake Clarke-Salter reacts to being sent off against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Sunderland prove they can score goals in crazy Middlesbrough draw – now sort out the defending!

Saturday’s stalemate with Middlesbrough might not have given Sunderland the win we desperately needed but it gave just about everything else.

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Sunderland boss Chris Coleman. Picture by Frank Reid

Draws won’t keep Sunderland up, Millwall is a must-win for Chris Coleman’s squad

If Sunderland are to produce a great escape this season, like they used to pull off on a regular basis in the Premier League years, then surely three points at Millwall are a must.

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Chris Coleman watches on.

Sunderland’s mentally fragile players will be pushed to the limits against Bolton and Middlesbrough

Sunderland travel to Bolton tonight and nobody from either club could possibly underestimate the importance of tonight’s result.

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Sunderland's dismal home form has seen fans turn their backs on the team, but who can blame them?

This horrifying statistic says all you need to know about the abysmal Sunderland players

After a morale boosting fightback at Bristol City, Sunderland did what they always do by building the fans’ hopes up and then failing miserably in the next game.

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Sunderland players celebrate their late equaliser at Ashton Gate.

Brentford is a must-win game for Sunderland and the players must not buckle under pressure

Sunderland, with the wind in their sails for once thanks to that uplifting point at Bristol City, have a great chance to build on it when Brentford come to Wearside on Saturday.

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