Could Sunderland cope with relegation from Premier League?

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Sunderland are struggling for survival in the Premier League and could well go down to the Championship at the end of the season.

Just like last season, Sunderland are struggling for survival in the Premier League and have made a managerial change.

The Black Cats currently find themselves 17th in the league table with 26 points from 30 matches, just a point above the bottom three.

Dick Advocaat replaced Gus Poyet as the Sunderland boss earlier this month, but he made a losing start to his tenure, as the team went down 1-0 to West Ham United away from home in London before the international break.

Despite Sunderland’s recent run of poor form, they still do have a good chance of surviving the drop, mainly because the teams below them - Burnley, Queens Park Rangers and Leicester City - are struggling for points as well.

But if Sunderland got relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season, could they cope? Could they bounce back straightaway from the Championship?

Probably not.

The Championship may not be a glamorous league, but it is certainly more competitive and tougher than the Premier League.

Last season, Norwich City, Fulham and Cardiff City got relegated from the Premier League. Many would have expected the trio to return to the English top flight rightaway, but only the Canaries can do so.

While Fulham are currently 20th in the Championship table, Cardiff are 14th. In fact, even Norwich are not guaranteed of a top-two finish and may have to settle for a place in the playoffs.

If Sunderland suffer relegation, then it is almost inevitable that they will have to sell some of their best players.

Given how tough the Championship is, the Black Cats will find it extremely difficult to finish in the playoffs, let alone earn automatic promotion.

Sunderland will be competing against teams who know the Championship inside out, and this lack of experience will make it all the more difficult for them.

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