Simon Grayson was sacked as Sunderland manager in October.
Former Sunderland manager Simon Grayson has told TalkSPORT that he believes his old side can survive relegation from the Championship into League One, despite being sacked himself earlier this season.
Sunderland currently sit way down in 23rd place in the Championship table after being relegated from the Premier League in May 2017, and have a huge fight on their hands to survive in England's second tier.
Ex-Wales manager Chris Coleman has since taken over at the club and has picked up three points from a possible nine, earning just a second league win of the season away at Burton Albion.
However, they lost to Reading 3-1 last time out but Grayson is confident that there is enough quality at the Stadium of Light to keep the Black Cats afloat as the remain in the bottom three.
“It’s not going to be easy,” Grayson said. No club has a divine right to stay up and not go down; we’ve seen in League One Leeds, [Nottingham] Forest and Man City.
“But I do believe there are a number of talented players who are underachieving at this moment in time, and they need to take responsibility to get the results to get them out of trouble at this moment in time.
“So, one: they need to start winning at home – it’s been well-documented it’s nearly a calendar year since the last victory [at the Stadium of Light]. I’m sure they know they are in a fight, but I think they have got the quality to get out the trouble.”
Sunderland face a mammoth task on Saturday as they travel to Championship league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, who remain dominant in England's second tier under impressive new manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
The odds are stacked firmly against Sunderland and that will not be helped by the club's recent history against the Midlands outfit, losing five of their last six encounters when facing Wolves.