Sunderland chief Margaret Byrne says they want to bring European football to the Stadium of Light.
Byrne say the board are delighted with the team's progress under manager Martin O'Neill.
"There's still lots of players from previous regimes here on contracts that he's trying to make better players or to bring in to his style of football. That's a process and, like with any manager, it's going to take a bit of time. He's been here over a year now," Byrne told The Journal.
"The ultimate aim is to play European football. That is what Martin wants to do and that focus hasn't changed. We need to get a few results under our belt and then push on to next season."