The Black Cats may be facing the drop, but if they want to build for the future then Moyes should be given more time.
Sunderland manager David Moyes
It is beginning to look as if relegation has finally caught up with Sunderland as they sit rock bottom of the Premier League and seven points from safety.
The Black Cats have narrowly avoided the drop for the past four seasons by adopting the approach of changing the manager late on and relying on the upsurge in form getting them over the line.
This was never going to be a long-term solution, though, and with just ten games remaining for them in 2016/17 it is difficult to see them repeating the feat.
As a tried and tested formula it could well be tempting for the Stadium of Light hierarchy to sack David Moyes, but if they really want to lay the foundations for long-term success then they should stick with the Scot.
Sunderland manager David Moyes with Sunderland's Jermain Defoe
Moyes has lost a significant amount of his managerial cache following poor spells at Manchester United and Real Sociedad, but his 11 years of steadily increasing success at Everton should be what Sunderland are looking to.
Give the 53-year-old time and the chance to build his own squad and in hindsight it could turn out that dropping into the Championship was actually a positive thing for change.