A former Sunderland star Phil Bardsley is disappointed that the Premier League side lost their top tier status recently.

The club endured a poor season after years of struggling before now being sent back to the English Championship.

Bardsley himself witnessed the struggles at the club before he departed the Stadium of Light for Stoke City in 2014. However, the 31-year old remains attached to the club where he played 200 games in seven years.

“I’m deeply disappointed because it’s a phenomenal football club with all the right facilities in place. The fans are sensational up there. They live and breathe the game and it’s just very disappointing to see where they’ve gone,” the player said.

The player added that moving forward the club’s future rests on its owner Ellis Short. Bardsley said Short would need to decide what he wants for the club, the manager and the players and everything other thing.

Like Newcastle United who went down and are back up in a year, Sunderland would need financial support and a good manager to return to elite English football. With the club posting a loss of over £100 million, the owner might be forced to sell it. There are provides limited cash each year and hardly shows face at the club. The club needs serious planning and funding to move ahead else another ‘drop’ is imminent.