Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has promised an inquest into the club's morale-sapping slump which is threatening to derail their season.
Black Cats fans had hoped to see Steve Bruce's side challenging for Europe as the campaign entered its final throes, but instead, they find themselves desperately trying to avoid being sucked into an unseemly scrap for Barclays Premier League survival.
A run of seven defeats in eight games has left Sunderland just five places and six points clear of the drop zone with four of their remaining six fixtures coming against sides fighting for their top-flight lives.
Quinn told the Sunderland Echo: "Once we get through this, we will look back to see what might have been done differently, how we might have improved things.
"And of course in the summer, we will evaluate things such as the catastrophic injury problems we have had to contend with and look at our transfer policy collectively.
"Just like last season, we will sit down with Steve, take stock and work out together how we improve on this season and how we continue the building process to make us stronger and better in the following season."