Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone says he is well aware that people at the club could lose their jobs if the side are relegated.
The Black Cats find themselves once again in a relegation scrap and things look as dark as ever as they currently sit four points from safety with just seven games left to play.
Mannone claims he thinks about the effects relegation could have every time he steps out on the pitch and is desperate to make sure people’s livelihoods are not put under threat by slipping into the Championship.
Â“Anyone who is intelligent will understand that going into the Championship will mean there might have to be some cuts at the club,Â” Mannone told the Echo.
Â“I love this club, and for my career and, for everyone involved in the club, it is vital we come out of this.
Â“I mean that for everyone. From the office, from the training ground, from the stadium Â– everyone.
Â“I donÂ’t want anyone to lose their job, so I know how important this is for this club and for everyone who works here.
Â“I care about each individual that might lose their job. That makes it even more important to survive,Â” said the 28-year-old.