Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Last Season: 17th Title Odds: 1500-1

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Last Season: 17th Title Odds: 1500-1

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Last season: 17th Title odds: 1500-1 SUNDERLAND have become the Premier League's great survivors, beating the drop with a game to spare in each of the last four seasons.

But they have flown by the seat of their pants for enough time - their luck cannot hold out indefinitely.

With Sam Allardyce having jumped ship to take on the England job, new boss David Moyes will be hoping to repeat his managerial success at Everton and put behind him unsuccessful stints in charge of Manchester United and Real Sociedad.

Allardyce put down foundations and left Sunderland in much better shape than when he arrived last October.

However, the squad desperately needs reinforcing to avoid another season of struggle.

Big Sam's January signings transformed the Black Cats from no- hopers into a side that retained their top-flight status. …

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