THREE things Sunderland need in order to change their fortunes

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3 things Sunderland need in order to change their fortunes

As we quickly approach the halfway mark in the season, Sunderland sit 11th in League 1 on 26 points, 14 from the top.

Tipped as favourites to win the league, Sunderland have failed to live up to expectations.

It is evident that changes are needed in many different aspects of the club for them to stand a chance of promotion.

Here we look at the main things which Sunderland need in order to improve.

New Owners/Investment

As word spread of a potential billionaire takeover at Sunderland, fans couldn’t help but get their hopes up.

After the truth came out about this deal and uncertainty spread around whether it was actually going to happen, many fans turned to point the finger at Stewart Donald and Charlie Methven.

It is clear that Sunderland needs some heavy investment into the team in order to stand a chance of promotion and with Donald at the top, this seems unlikely.

Sunderland new owner Stewart Donald (right) and PR Charlie Methven during the press conference at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

Sunderland need significant improvement in attack after the likes of Will Grigg, Charlie Wyke & Aiden McGeady have failed to impress so far this season.

The current squad doesn’t seem to have the cutting edge and needs investment in January desperately.

New Manager

After one managerial change already this season, another seems risky but necessary.

Jack Ross failed in his bid to get promotion last season and no improvement was made this season hence he was sacked.

Phil Parkinson came in after a torrid time at Bolton who had great financial insecurity at the time.

He was not the most popular figure when he was appointed with many fans wanting high flying Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth or recently sacked Championship manager Daniel Stendel.

After 11 games in charge and only 2 wins as Sunderland manager, there has been no signs of improvement.

Many fans believe Parkinson should be given more time and a chance to sign his ‘own’ players in January but at that point it might just be too late.

The Fans

Sunderland fans have had little to cheer about for a number of years, particularly the last two.

Two defeats at Wembley and some of the worst defeats in the club’s history are just a few.

Recent weeks have seen many fans begin to turn on the team at home with choruses of boos after each game.

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