With the season over, it's time to assess Sunderland's 2015-16. Here's a look at the club's campaign under Sam Allardyce.
Where will Sunderland finish next season?
Season in a sentence
Sunderland again seemed a lost cause but if recovery under Allardyce was slow and agonising, safety was eventually achieved with time to spare and hope that brighter times may at last lie ahead.
Four games stand out as contenders and Sunderland scored three in each of them.
Many supporters would pick the 3-0 home defeat of Newcastle United, also...