Today we start a regular look back at what was happening at Sunderland 10 years ago.
Sunderland had just suffered relegation from the top flight after an awful campaign under Mick McCarthy, finishing with just 15 points.
Kevin Ball had stood in as caretaker boss at the end of the season after McCarthy’s sacking.
Niall Quinn then fronted the Drumaville consortium takeover of the club ... but the start on the pitch was not ideal!
Here’s what the Echo was reporting on Tuesday, August 1, 2006.
BASSILA SEALS CATS EXIT: Christian Bassila has severed his ties with Sunderland, joining Greek outfit Larisa on a free transfer.
The 28-year-old exercised a clause in his contract allowing him to leave if the Black Cats were relegated and another club came in.
He has become the sixth Sunderland player to leave in the close season, following in the footsteps of Martin Woods, Andy Gray, Gary Breen, Kelvin Davis and Julio Arca.
ROWELL REPORT: It’s a bit of a surprise that Niall Quinn has got the job of manager after we had a summer of speculation about Martin O’Neill and Sam Allardyce.
But I for one am not too disappointed - we didn’t get them, so we move on.
I would have been disappointed if we had not gone for them in the first place.
Niall didn’t get them so he’s decided to have a stab at it himself.
Tomorrow: Quinn launches bid for former Sunderland target, and won’t let striker leave the club just yet.