Tony Gale has told Sky Sports News, which was broadcast on the morning of 4th April, that he believes Sunderland will stay up this season.
The Black Cats fell four points behind safety last weekend, after they could only draw with West Bromwich Albion at the Stadium of Light.
Norwich City’s win over Newcastle United plunged Sam Allardyce’s side into further danger, but Gale is confident that the Wearsiders can avoid the drop.
The Sky Sports pundit suggests that Allardyce’s experience of the relegation fight will count in their favour, and he also feels that with a finisher like Jermain Defoe in their ranks they will always have a chance.
"I fancy Sunderland to get out of it for two reasons - Big Sam, who has been in this position before and knows how it works. And Jermain Defoe, he’s their man and he scores goals," Gale said.
Sunderland have actually shown great fight, as they look to complete a miraculous escape from relegation once again.
Since the arrival of their four January signings, the Black Cats have been very hard to beat, but they have not collected points at a rapid enough rate to get out of trouble.
The North East side have been guilty of drawing matches which they have dominated, and they now face a huge task to avoid the drop.
Sunderland’s next fixture comes against top of the table Leicester City at the weekend.