Sunderland are in the play-offs for the second time in three seasons and with a new owner in Kyril Louis-Dreyfus, former Premier League defender Steve Howey exclusively told Football FanCast that he expects them to invest and build the club back up from next season.
Stewart Donald, who bought the club from Ellis Short in 2018, eventually got out of Sunderland after several attempts to sell the club and Louis-Dreyfus could see his new club promoted within months of becoming their new owner.
Sunderland suffered two consecutive relegations as they fell drastically from the Premier League all the way into League One, which now consists of the likes of Sunderland, Portsmouth, Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic.
If the Black Cats manage to win the play-offs and get themselves back into the Championship then their fans can expect smart and sensible investment meant to follow. That is according to Howey, who spoke exclusively to FFC.
He said: “I think the new owner recognises the potential of the club and we’ve seen that through the people he’s brought into the club to support him. They all seem very shrewd people that hopefully know what they are doing because let’s be honest, the last owner didn’t.
“He’s got people around him that can offer good advice and they can maybe build the platform for next season if they go up, and I’m pretty sure that there will be investment in the club.”
Sunderland entered the play-offs in awful form having won just one of their previous seven league games and that was against Plymouth Argyle to secure their play-off spot.
The Black Cats will be hoping that they can achieve their goal of getting out of League One as that would help them in potentially keeping the likes of Charlie Wyke and Aiden McGeady.