Simon Grayson has so far opted for a cautious approach. That must end now as Sunderland search for a winning formula.
Simon Grayson is already under pressure as manager of Sunderland but could these three players help save his job?
The 31-year-old is impressing for Sunderland but why weren't Leeds United battling them for his signature?
Sunderland drew 2-2 at Preston on Saturday, where Aiden McGeady was a hero for one set of fans and a villain for the other.
Simon Grayson has decisions to make yet again for Sunderland as they take their miserable run of form to Preston - a side the manager knows well.
Simon Grayson badly needs a Championship win at Sunderland and they could find Hull to be accommodating hosts on Saturday.
There is mixed news for Sunderland on the injury front, with Lewis Grabban ruled out while two key men return.
Sunderland need to refresh their starting line-up against Hull after a run of four straight defeats.
Why Sunderland signing Aiden McGeady from Everton was their best piece of business this summer.
Sunderland's Aiden McGeady and West Bromwich Albion's Callum McManaman have both been borrowed by Sheffield Wednesday in recent campaigns.
Signings made by Aston Villa, Sunderland, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton Wanderers are included on this list.
The Sheffield United talent was linked with a move to Everton this week.
The Preston North End boss is the new favourite to succeed ex-Everton man David Moyes at Sunderland.