Sunderland reportedly fear relegation to the Championship after axing staff, according to the Daily Mail.
The Premier League side, who currently sit rock-bottom of the English top-flight standings with just two points to their name after their opening 10 league games, have made the worst start to a season in Premier League history.
David Moyes’ side, who suffered their third straight league defeat to Arsenal (1-4) on Saturday, their eighth loss in 10 outings, are already eight points adrift of safety.
To make matters worse, the report claims the Black Cats has made a number of staff redundant, sparking fears Sunderland are already preparing for life in the Championship next year.
It is understood some administrator employees have been let go at the Stadium of Light, although there has been no official confirmation.