The word relegation should be whispered amongst the Sunderland fateful, however, it is not a secret that relegation could be the fate of David Moyes’s side.

The Premier League table shows the Black Cats at the very bottom. The 20th side are facing many struggles, but history could repeat itself. Sunderland are prone to historic comebacks and should never be overlooked with 12 games remaining and 36 points up for grabs.

Although this time last year the Wearside club were one point better off, David Moyes and co. are just a win away from 17th place Middlesbrough. But where is that win going to come from?

If fortune isn’t on Sunderland’s side, relegation could cost the club millions in TV deals, a loss of talent and the inevitable staff redundancies. This has all been shown by relegated sides in the past such as: Aston Villa, Blackpool, Bolton, Fulham, Wolves and Leeds.

On the surface, relegation seems to show no positive outcomes.

However, I pose the question; can there be a positive outcome of relegation?

Here are four possible benefits of us going down:

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