Much like last summer under Paolo Di Canio, Sunderland backed their manager in the transfer market. This time, it was Gus Poyet calling the shots, and their Uruguayan boss brought in the likes of Costel Pantilimon, Billy Jones, Santiago Vergini, Sebastian Coates, Patrick van Aanholt, Jack Rodwell, Jordi Gomez, Will Buckley and Ricardo Alvarez.
Yet whilst the Black Cats showed signs of promise in their 1-1 draw against Manchester United at the start of the season, it's been a fairly dismal start to the campaign.
Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Arsenal was full of defensive errors yet again, just a week after Sunderland were totally humiliated in their 8-0 thrashing at the hands of Southampton. The defeat to Arsenal means that Sunderland slip into the bottom three having won just one of their nine games this season, scoring only eight goals and conceding a whopping 17.
That has led to speculation that the Sunderland board are now considering sacking Poyet, with former Manchester United boss David Moyes currently the bookies favourite at 4/1 to be the next Black Cats manager - but should Poyet go?
The Uruguayan left Brighton and Hove Albion last summer in controversial circumstances, despite leading the Seagulls not only from League One to the Championship, but also to the play-offs in a bid to reach the Premier League.
He also led Sunderland to survival with shock wins at Chelsea and Manchester United, and spirits were high entering the new season, with many anticipating a much better campaign.
However, that hasn't materialised, and a club the size of Sunderland shouldn't be looking nervously over the shoulder yet again. It's time to get an experienced head in, and Moyes - who will be desperate to to succeed after his ill-fated spell at United - would be the perfect replaacement.