Sunderland look set for another season of fighting relegation.
Sunderland sit bottom in the Premier League after six games, with just two points to their name, and Dick Advocaat has told the Sunderland Echo that 40 points should be enough to keep the Wearside club in the top flight.
The Dutch coach said: “But I still have a good feeling about this squad and if we have 40 points, I think we have enough.”
Sunderland have failed to pick up 40 points in one season since the 2011/12 campaign, falling just short of that tally in the three successive years.
And currently, it does not appear as if they will reach the 40-point mark this season either.
After six games the Black Cats have picked up just two points, failing to yet win a game, and only putting in good performances on an inconsistent basis.
They have lost to the likes of Leicester and Norwich, and drawn with Aston Villa, who are three teams many would consider as relegation rivals for this 2015/16 season.
The only result the Wearside club could consider a positive one was the 1-1 draw at home to Swansea, who are expected to be fighting near the European places this term.
Sunderland face another tough season in the Premier League, and the 40-point mark looks out of their grasp already.
And although it is Advocaat who has laid out the points total, if recent history is to go by, it could be a different manager in charge at the end of the campaign when the points are sorely needed.