Sunderland AFC's ten-year challenge: From Ellis Short and takeover turmoil to Stewart Donald and stability

The #TenYearChallenge craze is sweeping social media, but how would Sunderland AFC's version look?

Thursday, 17th January 2019, 9:51 am
Updated Thursday, 17th January 2019, 10:19 am
How do Sunderland compare to a decade ago?

The Black Cats have undergone an intense transformation over the last decade, with changes aplenty throughout the last ten years. We've taken a look at some of the key barometers of progress at the Stadium of Light to see just how much the club have evolved over ten years. Scroll down and click through the pages to find out:

Sunderland were sat 14th in the Premier League a decade ago, but are now challenging for promotion for League One.
On this day a decade ago, the Black Cats lost out to Aston Villa in the Premier League. Fast forward ten years, and the side have just drawn 1-1 with promotion rivals Luton Town.

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Sunderland's form is drastically better than it was ten years ago, with the Black Cats unbeaten in their last six outings. In 2009, the side were showing signs of inconsistency.
Ricky Sbragia was the man in charge at the Stadium of Light a decade ago, while - of course - Jack Ross occupies the hotseat now.
Josh Maja's 15 goals this term make him the Black Cats' current top scorer, but ten years ago it was Djibril Cisse leading the scoring charts with nine strikes.
Local lad George Honeyman currently holds the armband, but a decade ago Dean Whitehead was leading the Black Cats into action.
The capture of stopper Craig Gordon was the Black Cats' biggest acquisition a decade ago, but that has since been trumped by the signing of Didier Ndong. (Fees sourced from BBC Sport)
While the club are now on stable footing, a decade ago Ellis Short was still trying to assume full control of the club. That was eventually completed in May 2009.