Chris Coleman got a real reality check on Saturday afternoon.
The new Sunderland boss was taking charge of them at home for the first time and was met by a half empty Stadium of Light.
A dismal performance against fellow strugglers Reading saw Sunderland dominated by the visitors.
A senseless red card for Callum McManaman (who assaulted Massadio Haidara in that infamous Wigan v Newcastle match) on the stroke of half-time, was quickly followed by three early second-half goals. The Stadium of Light rapidly emptying despite half the second half remaining.
Loan striker Lewis Grabban got a late consolation goal but the only real consolation for them was that Sunderland didn’t return to the very bottom of the Championship.
Having beat Burton last week with late goals, the Mackems were once again indebted to their fellow strugglers as Burton conceded a late goal at Derby, which keeps Sunderland second off the bottom on goal difference.
The Mackems face league leaders Wolves away in their next game, before a home date with Fulham.
Sunderland have already smashed all kinds of records with their never-ending failure to win a home match and when they play Fulham on 16 December, it will be their very final chance to avoid the remarkable record of going a whole season without seeing a home win.
Good luck Chris Coleman – you can do it!
How the Championship table looks on Saturday teatime:
Today’s defeat means that Sunderland already can’t match Newcastle’s points total of last season, even if The Mackems win all of their remaining 26 games they would still fall short of Newcastle’s 94 points total for 2016/17.