When Roy Keane left the club in November 2008, Sunderland were in desperate need of a steady hand to guide them out of relegation danger.
Enter, Rickey Sbragia.
He began with an unfortunate 1-0 defeat away to Manchester United, but the Lads followed that up with a 4-0 win at home against West Brom and a 4-1 away win at Hull City.
Those results earned Sbragia the job on a full-time basis, with the remit from Niall Quinn to keep the club in the division.
An away draw at Middlesbrough was followed by a home defeat against Aston Villa and then a victory against Fulham to begin 2009.
Djbril Cisse continued to flourish early in Sbragia’s reign and he looked to have given Sunderland a huge victory against fellow relegation candidates Newcastle United at St James Park, but a controversial penalty late in the game gave the Magpies a point.
The disappointment of drawing against Newcastle did not last too long though, as Stoke were dispatched at the Stadium of Light in February.
However, that result was followed by a terrible run of form which saw the lads pick just two points up from a possible 21.
A crucial win at home to Hull City in April was enough to keep Sunderland away from trouble, while their north-east neighbours Newcastle and Middlesbrough were relegated with a whimper.
Sbragia handed his resignation in at full-time on the final day of the season and was promised a job for life by chairman Niall Quinn. He left his post as chief scout in 2011 to join the Scotland National team set up.