Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has vowed to steer the Black Cats away from another relegation battle next season after guiding the club to safety this term.
Allardyce, who succeeded Dick Advocaat in the Stadium of Light hot-seat just over seven months ago, led the club away from the bottom three with a run of only one defeat in their last ten matches.
They confirmed their survival by beating Everton 3-0 on Wednesday, a result that consigned Newcastle United and Norwich City to the drop.
Allardyce signed Wahbi Khazri, Jan Kirchhoff and Lamine Kone in January and is keen to add more new recruits in the summer so that Sunderland do not have to endure a fifth successive campaign to avoid relegation.
“The next set of recruitment is crucial for the football club,” said the 61-year-old former Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United and West Ham United manager.
“We’ve just secured the financial side of being in the Premier League.
“What that gives us in terms of spending power is the same as everybody – so we need to recruit like we did in January because I think the contributions of those players has been really big for this team to come out of trouble.”
Kone grabbed a brace against Everton at the Stadium of Light after Patrick van Aanholt had fired Allardyce’s side ahead.
Sunderland finish their Premier League campaign with a visit to Watford on Sunday. The Black Cats are 12/1 to win the match 2-1 while Jermain Defoe is 7/5 to score at any time at Vicarage Road.