Steve Bruce: 3 June 2009 - 30 November 2011
Steve Bruce started the 2009-10 season with a rare away win, and his side sat 7th after the first nine games.
Lee Cattermole and Lorik Cana proved an intrepid midfield partnership and record signing Darren Bent was scoring at will.
Sunderland went on to finish 13th, the club’s highest position for nine years.
However, Bruce really galvanised the club the following season and managed to better that as Asamoah Gyan added to Bent’s tally and the team stormed to a tenth-place finish.
Unfortunately, both were to leave the club suddenly and Bruce departed after a difficult start to the 2011-12 campaign.