Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Black Cats Put out of Their Misery

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Black Cats Put out of Their Misery

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Sunderland's Premiership nightmare finally came to an end last night when they were put out of their misery at Old Trafford.

Despite a hard-fought draw against Manchester United, the Black Cats will be playing in the Coca-Cola Championship once again next season.

The Wearsiders, with caretaker boss Kevin Ball at the helm after Mick McCarthy's sacking last month, still face the task of collecting seven points from their remaining games if they are to avoid a new record for the lowest points total in a Premiership season, one they already hold with 19.

Sunderland emerged from the Championship as runaway champions 12 months ago with a sense of reality pervading their planning, but with hopes of consolidation.

However, unlike fellow promoted sides Wigan and West Ham, they have found the going tough, and although injuries and misfortune have not aided their cause, the recriminations began long before confirmation of their ignominious exit from the limelight. …

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