Sunderland are aiming to make a return to the Championship this season.

TalkSport pundit Micky Gray has suggested that it could take Sunderland 10 years to get back to the Premier League as thinks they are taking ‘baby steps’ in their revival. 

Jack Ross’s side take on Portsmouth in the League One play-off semi-final on Thursday night, with the Black Cats holding a one-goal lead from the first leg. 

Last summer, Sunderland suffered back-to-back relegations and found themselves in the third tier of English football after a number of off-the-field and on-the-field problems.

Speaking to Jim White on TalkSport (14/05/2019 at 10:15 am), Gray suggested that it could be some time before his former club tastes the promised land again. 

“They have got everybody back on side now,” Gray told TalkSport. “The supporters, the players and the whole club itself. If these investors are going to come into the club, it shows that Stewart [Donald] and the people he is working with want to move the club forward. 

“It might take another 10 years before we get back to the Premier League. I hope that’s not the case. It’s baby steps, at the moment. We have got ourselves into a good position to get back to the Championship.”

Despite holding a one-goal lead, Sunderland face a tough task when they travel to Fratton Park on Thursday night because as is proven in the playoffs anything can happen.

The positives they can take is that if they keep a clean sheet or simply avoid defeat on the night then they will be preparing for a trip to Wembley.

Either way, it is set to be a nerve-racking day for those wearing Sunderland and Portsmouth shirts because as Derby County proved on Wednesday night, anything can happen. 

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