Sunderland take out a full page advert to thank their fans for their support in the Northern Echo [Picture]

Sunderland said ‘thank you’ to their fans in the Northern Echo on Wednesday.

Gus Poyet narrowly missed out on the Premier League manager of the year award after incredibly masterminding the Black Cats great escape from, what seemed, was inevitable doom.

All in all, with the Capital One Cup final defeat to boot, it was an eventful season for Sunderland, and the club have now recognised the efforts of their supporters in print.

See the Sunderland advert below.