Sunderland fans will have lots to look foward to. After just beating the drop after a terrible second half to the previous season, the appointment of Steve Bruce as the new gaffer will be great news for fans at the Stadium of Light.
Roy Keane started so promisingly at Sunderland but was so disappointing towards the end of his reign. Having spent a decent amount of money in his time, he failed to turn Sunderland into a side that can challenge in the top half.
With Newcastle and the Boro in the Championship now, Sunderland can proudly claim to be the top North East side at the moment. The appointment of Steve Bruce is a great coup.
A manager often working on a tight budget, Bruce managed to turn Wigan into a decent side that is hard to beat. We might start to see Wigan's rapid decline now that they have lost Bruce and a host to their top players such as Heskey, Antonio Valencia, Palacios and now Lee Cattermole.
Bruce have been quick to sign up Lee Cattermole for Sunderland, thus signing the player foe a second time after previously signing him at the Riverside.
I do think the signing of Lee Cattermole is good for Sunderland, he will provide the bite in midfield afor a very porous defense. A regular in the England Under 21s, Cattermole needs to refine his game a little and watch his tackles to be a good Premiership player.
The signing of Darren Bent is another good signing. Often too reliant on Kenweyne Jones upfront, the signing of the dangerous Bent could help provide much needed firepower.
The combination of Bent and Jones will be one that will serve Sunderland well. Both are good players at Premiership level, although not top 4 quality.
This season, i could see Sunderland being hard to beat and staking a claim to finish just in the top half of the taable.