The situation may look bleak for Sunderland, with the club lying second-bottom in the Sky Bet Championship, but with new boss Chris Coleman at the helm, fans will retain a quiet hope that their side can avoid the drop this season.
The former Wales boss rescinded his role with the national side to take up the reigns at The Stadium of Light, guiding the Blacks Cats to a 2-0 victory over relegation rivals Burton Albion in his first game in charge of the club.
There was nothing the 47-year-old could do to halt the club’s abysmal run of home games without a win however, with defeat to Reading meaning it is almost a year since the club have tasted victory on Wearside.
Coleman’s budget will be next to nothing in January, and he will have to sell before he can buy, and the manager must target experienced heads in the winter window if his side are to be guided away from their current predicament.
With that in mind, Coleman must target deals for these two players…
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