In just over four weeks’ time, Sunderland will face South Shields in their first confirmed game of pre-season thus far. Several days later, the Lads will jet off to Portugal for a pre-season training camp and another couple of games as they prepare for a second season battling in League One.
However, after a disappointing end to a tough season, many fans are wondering what kind of changes will be made to the playing squad this summer as we look to secure promotion to the Championship at the second time of asking.
With a potential change in ownership lingering on the horizon, some outlets have suggested that our recruitment has been put on hold until the ownership situation has been resolved.
The potential investment could well make a huge difference to our summer spending, and fans will wait eagerly for news as to whether new owners buy into Stewart Donald’s side - potentially bringing a financial boost to Sunderland summer war chest.
But ahead of what will likely be another summer summer of change, what changes would YOU like to see Sunderland make?
Who would you like to see stay? Who would you like to see go? Who would you like to see brought into the club in order to help Jack Ross’ men in their quest for promotion? Whether it’s a specific name, or merely a type of player - get in touch and let us know.
For example, it’s clear to see that the squad lacks athletic, powerful players capable of stiffening the spin of the team, and pace in attack.
But what do you think needs to be done this summer in order to give this side a real chance at securing promotion? Let us know and we’ll publish a selection of thoughts in a follow-up article later this week!