Manager Sam Allardyce says Sunderland must recruit better in the summer transfer window if they are going to stop battling against relegation from the Premier League.
The Black Cats secured their top-flight status with a 3-0 victory against Everton at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night, with a Patrick van Aanholt free-kick and a Lamine Kone double securing all three points.
It is a fourth consecutive season that the Wearsiders have managed to complete a great escape, having been 19th in the table with just three points from eight games when Allardyce replaced Dick Advocaat.
The former West Ham United boss has completely turned the fortunes of the club around and his experience in the transfer market was highlighted back in January.
Kone and Jan Kirchhoff were two players added to the squad and the duo have played an integral role in helping the club stay in the top flight for another year.
Sunderland fans will be hoping Allardyce can start to get some stability within the team for the next campaign and the Englishman is eyeing the right arrivals.
“Only this year’s recruitment will put firefighting to one side,” he said. “We have been in this position before, many times over the past three seasons, that is what has to happen this time around to stop (that cycle).”
Sunderland are away at Watford on the final day of the season on Sunday and the visitors, who can’t finish higher than 17th position, are 3.25 to pick up a third straight win.
The Hornets, who lost 4-2 at Norwich City on Wednesday night, are 2.15 favourites while the draw is priced at 3.30.