Lee Johnson’s men failed to overcome Lincoln City over two legs in the League One play-off semi-final and now face a fourth straight season in the third tier of English football.
But what gossip is there from around the internet following the clash against the Imps?
Here, we take a look at the latest Sunderland transfer news and general talk from around League One:
Kevin Phillips delivers Aiden McGeady contract verdict
Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips has delivered his verdict on the situation regarding Aiden McGeady.
The former Republic of Ireland international is out of contract at the end of the season.
Indeed, there a rumours circulating that McGeady waived a clause on his contract which would have seen the deal extended when after starting against Lincoln City in the second leg
“I would say wages will be a decisive factor,” Phillips told Football Insider.
“They will want to try and keep McGeady at the club so I think they’ll make him an offer.
“They need to keep their best players if they want to go one better next season. He is one of the best in the division so it’s no surprise that there is Championship clubs sniffing around him.
“He showed his quality against yesterday. Whenever he gets the ball you’re on the edge of your seat. Whether it is a cross, a shot, he always does something.
“His future will boil down to finances and the player himself. Does he think now is the time to move on?”
Oxford manager Karl Robinson speaks out on reports linking him with West Brom
Oxford United boss Karl Robinson has played down rumours linking him with the manager’s job at West Bromwich Albion.
Former Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce announced his departure from the relegated club last week.
Robinson added: “It’s probably because me and Sam worked together for two years.
“I don’t really have the energy to talk about any other job.
“I’ve got a long-term contract here.”