Jamie Carragher admitted he saw a bleak ftuture for Sunderland.
Speaking on Sky Sports Monday Night Football show, the former Liverpool defender was asked if he could see any hope for the Black Cats, who are currently bottom of the Premier League with only one point.
“Not really, I don’t think there is anything to hang on to at the moment,” he said. “It’s the same every season.
“I’m not sure of the stat about them not having won in August or September [for the last four years] that is unbelievable.
“I have a bit of a problem with Sunderland I must say, doing a lap of honour for staying up.”
That heady May night when Everton were sent packing 3-0 and Sam Allardyce saluted the packed Stadium of Light crowd seems a distant memory.
Allardyce has left for England and new boss David Moyes has overseen a difficult start.
But Carragher said he had some sympathy for Moyes after Sunderland dropped to the bottom of the table when they blew a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Christian Benteke was left unmarked to head in Palace’s injury-time winner.
“David Moyes has come in and it’s probably a lot worse than what he thought, in terms of the quality of player,” said the Scouser.
“They’ve had a poor window, because of the Sam Allardyce situation they didn’t get in big in time [into the transfer market].
“I was glad at the weekend about David Moyes comments in terms of players taking responsibility because too many players don’t.
“But that’s not just David Moyes’ problem it’s a problem throughout football for managers.
“In terms of the goals they conceded, the last one was embarrassing.
“You think of Kone, the big centre-back who did a fantastic job last season and has just signed a new contract. He’s at the back, they have Jan Kirchhoff who they signed from Bayern Munich, they should be the leaders in that team.
“To leave Benteke free and not be set up like a corner – the ball was one yard from the corner flag. Who was marking Benteke?
“As a manager what can you do about that?”