Chairman Niall Quinn and boss Roy Keane's partnership at Sunderland has been tipped to be a big success by former Black Cats manager Peter Reid.
Reid was at the helm in Sunderland's previous successful stint when he guided them to two top-seven Premiership finishes at the start of the decade, before eventually being sacked in October 2002.
And, after seeing the positive impact the Irish duo have had on the club's fortunes since hey joined forces in August, Reid can see no reason why they won't be back in the top flight sooner rather than later.
He told the Daily Mirror: "You can't run before you can walk and let's not forget Sunderland have to get out of the league they're in, which won't be easy.
"But looking to the future, to get into the top six, you have to invest and invest heavily. That was the problem we had.
"Seventh and seventh were magnificent achievements but to kick on you have got to invest in players. Niall Quinn and his consortium will do that."
On the appointment of Keane, Reid added: "You're not guaranteed anything because you've been a world-class player, but I think his determination and his will to win can't fail to get through to the players.
"We all know about his aggression but he's an intelligent lad too. He's very confident and knows what he is talking about."