Former Sunderland midfielder Don Hutchison has taken to social networking site Twitter to reveal his hopes for the three North East clubs next season.
Hutchison wants the Black Cats, Newcastle United and Middlesbrough to feature in the Premier League for the 2017-18 campaign.
The Black Cats won 3-0 against Everton at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday evening to retain their Premier League status for next season.
Newcastle have been relegated to the Championship, while Middlesbrough have been promoted to the English top flight.
So gutted for Newcastle fans right now,but this is Sunderlands night!!! Hopefully next year we can have 3 teams in the Prem #northeast— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) May 11, 2016
Looking at the teams at the bottom.— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) May 12, 2016
Sunderland have stayed up b,Coz…..
They have the best centre forward!centre halfs! Manager! #safe
Let me clarify(didn’t have enough characters earlier) big Sam in a relegation scrap is prob one of the best around to have..— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) May 12, 2016
Newcastle will find it hard in the Championship, and they may not even finish in the top six.
There is huge competition in the second tier of English football, and the division is very tough and physical.
As for Sunderland and Middlesbrough, the duo will be expected by many to struggle for survival in the Premier League next season.