Sunderland’s Premier League status may be secure for another season but the Black Cats have rarely given their fans room to breathe this term in a remarkable season that has seen them sit no higher than 17th.
Premier League statistics show that the Wearsiders have never gone higher than the one remaining place outside of the relegation zone this term, having spent the majority of the campaign in the bottom three.
And with both Bournemouth and Crystal Palace some way clear with just one game of the season to go, Sunderland look set to end the campaign having never sat higher than 17th in the table - spending a total of 237 days in the relegation zone.
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Having lost 4-2 to new champions Leicester on the opening day of the season, the Black Cats started out down in 19th.
A run of eight games without a win in the Premier League saw the club rooted to the bottom of the table before Sam Allardyce’s arrival.
Big Sam soon started to work his magic though with Sunderland moving up to 18th spot on the 10-game mark.
Matchday 14 saw the Black Cats come out of the relegation zone for the first time this season though their stay outside of the bottom three on that occasion would prove short-lived.
All told, Sunderland were outside of the relegation zone, occupying 17th, on four occasions prior to their 3-2 victory over Chelsea, which saw the club leapfrog Newcastle for the final time.
The Wearsiders then secured their Premier League status with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Everton that crowned a remarkable fightback for a team that had, for so long, looked doomed to the drop.
Sunderland and Allardyce will now look to kick on next term – anything above 17th should do it.
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