Phil Bardsley is likely to follow Jack Colback out of the Sunderland door this summer, according to Gus Poyet.
The full back, who is Sunderland's longest-serving player and record Premier League appearance-maker is out of contract and talks to renew the deal have stopped after the player rejected the latest offer.
Poyet told reporters:
Everybody knows we have been in contract talks with a couple of players, but at the moment everything is on standby.
Everyone is responsible for their own decisions and I don't think we are in a position to push people to do things they do not want to do.
I'm not stupid, I understand it brings uncertainty to the club for the future.
To be honest, it doesn't matter where we finish - I cannot see them staying at the club.
It would be too easy to make a decision based on where [which division] we are because it would be very unfair on the fans.
It's no real loss, and let's not pretend otherwise, but I would question the wisdom of keeping both Bardsley and Colback involved. Then again, it probably says everything about the state of this squad that there are no real senior alternatives you'd expect to care any more.
It also really hammers home the cut-throat manner of the modern game really when an academy product and longest serving players can't wait to run away in tough times. Ah well.
It's about the future for Sunderland now, and only those who wish to be a part of it are welcome.