New Sunderland owner Ellis Short has assured fans he wants to turn them into a top ten club.
He said: "This club has a lot of reasons to stay up. We've got a lot of good plans for the future and relegation would have been horrible.
"We'll do what we need to do this summer to get this team into a place where we can try to finish in the top 10 next year.
"I don't ever want to go through a relegation battle again and I don't want the fans to have to go through it. I don't want Niall to have to go through it so what we will genuinely be trying to do with the things that Niall does this summer is to be able to finish in the top 10. In the longer term we just want to continue to improve and always run things well.
"This is a very big club with a lot of fans, a big stadium and a lot of revenue. When you are in a position where we are where and you are trying to improve, it takes money but if that money is wisely invested and the personnel decisions that you make are good ones then I am not worried at all."