From Despair To Where? But, if you take into account the Secret Footballer theory, fail to get them up this season and he gets the sack with the addendum that "He couldn't even get Sunderland out of L1 with all their resources". But yeah, he gets a nice payoff because Sunderland pay over the odds because no-one really wants to go there.
Get them up and it's "They shouldn't have been there anyway with all their resources" and suddenly they're being expected to challenge at the top end of the Championship next season. It's a thoroughly toxic job IMO.
Nah, don't think multiple promotions from L1 will be outweighed by one Sunderland failure. Especially if they're still top 10 anyway.
Don't think Sunderland will expect to get another promotion on the bounce if they get the first one. Certainly expect minimum of mid-table and then push on after that, but not quite that unrealistic.