Premier League Final Position: 16th
It was another disappointing season for Sunderland as they only just escaped relegation once again, ending the season just three points off the drop zone. Dick Advocaat arrived at the club in March and helped them avoid relegation but the hunt for a new manager now goes on as the Black Cats look for a long-term solution to their relentless relegation threats.
Staying up is clearly a positive but supporters will be worried by the fact they only won seven games, which is fewer than Hull and QPR who both went down. They only scored 31 goals too – the second lowest number in the top flight so there’s lots of room for improvement once more.
A 1-0 win against arch rivals Newcastle in Dick Advocaat’s first home game in April was a real boost for supporters after a run of seven games without victory.
The embarrassing 8-0 loss at Southampton in October is undoubtedly the worst moment of the Black Cats’ season. They were thumped on the day and offered almost no fight, letting their club and fans down.
Player of the Year
Patrick Van Aanholt – The Dutch left-back impressed in his first season at the club and was one of few players to consistently perform at a high level. He will look to pick up where he left on when the new season starts in March.
Sunderland 3-1 Stoke (October 4, 2014)
Crystal Palace 1-3 Sunderland (November 3, 2014)
Sunderland 2-0 Burnley (January 31, 2015)
Everton 0-2 Sunderland (May 9,2015)
Southampton 8-0 Sunderland (October 18, 2014)
What to improve for the 2015 season…
Appointing the right manager will be the start, though that’s easier said than done. A strong transfer window is a must and then on the field, scoring more goals and improving home form must take place. Sunderland scored the second fewest goals in the Premier League this year and had the second worst home form. A lot to improve but it must change for the better or they will be in trouble again.