After the trials and tribulations of the 2011-12 Premier League season, there remains only one word that can aptly describe the campaign that Sunderland has endured: turbulent.
The club has been just about everywhere that it is possible for one to go when playing in the English top flight over the past nine months.
Within months of the season’s start, it looked as if the Black Cats had exhausted their nine lives and found themselves clawing their way out of a relegation fight before ascending to the heights of the top half of the table and then back again.
If anything, a ticket holder at the Stadium of Light can boast that there wasn't many a dull moment when watching Sunderland play this season.
However, as Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
With this in mind, let’s look back at the season and see what it is that Sunderland can learn from in order to make progress in the future.