Since 2009 American tycoon Ellis Short has been a mainstay at a club of constant change.

The Sunderland AFC owner has seen turbulent times during his stewardship of the club and a sequence of bad decisions finally saw the Wearside club relegated to the Championship in April 2017 and into League One in 2018.

In September 2008 Short bought a share in the club which he would increase just three months later to become a majority shareholder, with help from the Drumaville consortium. The billionaire finally took ownership of the club in May 2009 after the club managed to stave off relegation at the expense of their local rivals Newcastle United.

During his time at Sunderland, Short has seen no fewer than 11 different managers under his tenure. This unusually high amount of change in leadership has led to a great deal of instability.

Steve Bruce built a good solid Premier League team which was dismantled in 2011 when players such as Darren Bent, Jordan Henderson and Asamoah Gyan left the club. Bruce left the club and was replaced by Martin O’Neill who started off well but was sacked just 18 months later.

The controversial Paulo Di Canio was hired and having kept the Black Cats up they started an impressive run of wins in the derby against Newcastle, which would eventually extend to six games, with an impressive 3-0 victory at St.James’ Park.

However due to Di Canio’s right wing views as well as his strict diet rules the dressing room quickly turned against him. The disastrous summer transfer window of 2013 saw Di Canio sacked by September.

Gus Poyet was hired and he also kept Sunderland up as well as leading them to the League Cup final, however he was soon struggling to get results and was sacked in March 2015.

Dick Advocaat took over and again kept them up left after a short spell in charge and was replaced with Sam Allardyce who similar to his predecessors kept them up but was then appointed manager of England.

Short hired David Moyes in the summer of 2016 but was heavily criticised for not providing funds for heavy investment into a poor squad. Sunderland were relegated at the end of the season and David Moyes resigned a day after a season ending 5-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Sunderland currently find themselves in League One but with a takeover nearing completion Sunderland fans can dream again.

I doubt anyone will forget the mark that Ellis Short has left any time soon.