The Black Cats may still be in a state of limbo, but the bookmakers' odds make for positive reading.
Sunderland's manager position may be vacant following another harrowing season which ended in relegation to the third tier but bookmakers have already installed the club as favourites to win League One.
The Mackems are still in a state of relative disarray with no long-term vision as Stewart Donald's consortium awaits EFL approval to take the club over.
But a 3-0 final day win over champions Wolves with a young team gave a semblance of hope for the next season.
It, of course, is very early doors with the full compilation of 24 teams competing in the league next season still to be decided with the League Two play-offs. Much can, and likely will, change in pre-season with managerial arrivals and departures around the league, plus the transfer window.
Yet, Sunderland's standing within English football, a big support, loyal and passionate, has certainly played its part as EFL sponsors SkyBet have the club strong favourites to win the 2018/2019 League One title with odds of 9/2.
There will be new destinations for fans and others which the club have not played at in many years. Away trips will include Accrington Stanley, Fleetwood Town, plus an 800-plus round-trip to Plymouth Argyle.
Despite being favourites to win the league, Sunderland are second favourites behind Barnsley to win promotion at odds of 7/4.
Only Barnsley are at longer odds to be relegated to League Two - for a third successive Sunderland relegation SkyBet are offering 16/1