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  1. Great going @Carlf788, brilliant to get straight back up. While the transfers aren't amazing players, they will hopefully be solid enough to get you through the first season back up and starting to build. A season in the Premier League will help you to attract better players for the season after. @Jogo Bonito best of luck with Charlton, definitely an interesting save! I'm currently just getting through the transfer window with Sunderland, and decided I'd start from the back and work the way forward through the team, trying to make the defense as solid as can be.
  2. Well I think it is safe to say, the permanent signing of him is well and truly out the window!
  3. @Jogo Bonito Completely agree having had a look around. Going to have to try and find some real bargains to be able to strengthen to the level required.
  4. End of season review We managed to beat Blackburn on penalties, and we got through to play Preston in the play off final at Wembley. And we did it! A fantastic performance, my front three showing that they're really too good for this league and taking us up to the promised land! Our initial budgets were set immediately after the win, and £38m should get us in the players we need to give us a chance against relegation next season. Squad review Lumley and Norris will stay as my two goalkeepers for next season, unless I get an offer I can't refuse from Brighton, who are interested in Lumley. Norris joined in January from Wolves for less than £100k and is happy as backup, after we sold the unhappy McLaughlin to MIlwall for £1m. Pask, Parr and Chalobah will all return to their parent clubs next season and I'm not interested in signing any of them either permanently or to rejoin next season on loan. Jack Baldwin, Tom Flanagan and Reece James are likely to leave, although I don't mind James staying as a back up left back. Whatmough has interest from three Premier League clubs but I'll be looking to keep him as well. We'll be after a new left back, right back and centre back in the summer. In midfield we are also likely to see a couple of departures, with Power and Honeyman not really up to Premier League standard, with Honeyman currently unhappy with his lack of playing time and looking for a move anyway. We'll need to strengthen, especially cover for Godfrey, but this could come in the form of a loan. In attack, we will also see the departures of loan players Obafemi, Iheanacho and Chong. Obafemi won't be rejoining as I don't think he'll quite cut it in the Premier League, Iheanacho I'd be interested in looking at if I could get him cheap enough and Chong I will definitely be trying to sign on a loan deal again. Will Grigg will also leave having not played a game this season and Lyle Taylor is also likely to go as again, I don't think he'll cut it in the Premier League. Watkins has interest in him but I'm looking to keep hold of him. We definitely need to strengthen up top. Goalscorers this season. Chong was brilliant and really effective from the right wing cutting inside. Also some great ratings across the season, with a note on 18yr Old Bali Mumba, who has been brilliant, scoring 10 goals and getting 7 assists. He's really improved well and I'm expecting offers for him this summer.
  5. Made it into the play offs with a last game win against Reading having dropped outside the play offs following a 1-1 draw with Bristol City. We're now facing Blackburn, and while they beat us a few games back, I'm confident we can get through.
  6. Well, that's the dream over. Just got beaten 3-1 by Blackburn and Bristol City won, going 9pts ahead. No catching them now, but the play offs are all to play for. Just got to make sure we stay in the right place in the last two games!
  7. The last five games have gone pretty well, apart from the goals conceded against Norwich where we really should have won the game. We've been a bit up and down all season though, going through stages as above but at one stage we didn't win for over six games. Never done the play offs either so I'm hoping that we can win all of the last three and if Bristol City slip up in one of theirs then automatic promotion is still on. We hit some really poor form in December and I had to make a couple of loan signings in January, Trevor Chalobah came in at centre back, and he's been really good providing cover across the back line and in defensive midfield. We also brought in Kelechi Iheanacho, who I think has really made the difference. Lyle Taylor and Obafemi have been good, but Kelechi is real quality for this league and his ability to pop up with a goal in what could be his only attempt all game has really helped us.
  8. It's going to be an interesting last three games for us at Sunderland. We're currently sitting at third in the table, six points behind Bristol City in second, but we've got to play them in the second to last game and a win there could put us right back in contention. If not, it is looking like the play offs for us.
  9. @warlock Great going so far and you'd think with a 23pt gap between you and the relegation places you're probably already safe. Keep going the way you are and you'll push for a European spot I'm sure. @Carlf788 Good transfers and hopefully money well spent. I can't see anything other than promotion straight back for you, good luck!
  10. So we've just got through January, and right near the end of the window we had a £5m bid for Bryan Oviedo. He's been pretty good for us last season and this season, but he's 29 and I think I would have looked to replace him in the summer anyway. I decided to accept the offer from Nottingham Forest, feeling I'd be able to get in one of my targeted replacements that I had on my shortlist, or failing that, we had Reece James as back up who had always performed well enough, so I would have been happy with him until the end of the season if need be. Well, my plan backfired and after having a bid rejected for Rico Henry of Brentford, I finally had an offer for Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City accepted for just over £6.5m. Only problem was, I hadn't checked my transfer budget correctly and it was going to cost £200k too much! Oviedo was now gone, and to really complete the failure, Reece James picked up a training injury and is out for 3/4 months. I couldn't find another replacement in time and I've ended up signing Nottingham Forest's back up left back, a Norwegian called Jonathan Parr, on loan until the end of the season to cover!
  11. Best of luck in your next journey, whatever that may be. Are you thinking of another Championship side if you start again, or go lower down the leagues?
  12. Our form hasn't got un-noticed this season and following my assistant manager David Weir leaving to become Peterborough's new manager, I got this offer. Jobs not done yet though, and I'm determined to get Sunderland back to the Premier League, so it's been turned down for now.
  13. Great work @Jogo Bonito, what an end to the season and to finish the season where you have especially in comparison to Leeds and WBA as you said is brilliant. Look forward to your next adventure
  14. Through September and October, results below We've managed to stay in the play off hunt at the moment, but I'm getting concerned by the amount of goals we're conceding. I felt at the start of the season that our defense was quite secure, Lumley I felt was a good signing in goal and I thought we'd really strengthened by bringing in Pinnock. He has missed the last five games through injury which has coincided with the worst of our conceding. but it is definitely something we are going to need to look at. Obafemi has now scored seven goals so far this season, and also scored a hat trick on his third cap for Ireland. I've also been really pleased with Bali Mumba's improvement, and although he isn't our best midfielder, he is starting most games. We seem to play better when he is in the side, so for now he is keeping his place.
  15. Really pleased with the start we've made to the season. The 2-0 defeat to Swansea on the first day of the season gave us a bit of a reality check. A 0-0 draw with Cardiff wasn't a bad result but defensively I was concerned as we did look vulnerable. I brought in star man Josh Pask back into the starting eleven. Last season he started as back up and then forced his way in before becoming ever present and a great help in our promotion bid. Well, it is safe to say he has made a difference since returning to the starting eleven after we've only conceded two goals in the next six games. Lyle Taylor has started the season really well, six goals in seven starts is a brilliant return and I think he'll be key for us this year. Tahith Chong has also been nothing short of sensational. He looks dangerous every time he gets the ball and he has fitted in perfectly. I'm really pleased that we've got him for the season and he is definitely someone we will look to get again if we go up. Derby day is up next but with the form we're in I'm more than confident that we will rise to the occasion. Sixth after six games is great. The league looks really tough this year and isn't made any easier by Wolves being relegated straight back down last season. I'm surprised by this as they have a good squad and thought they would have competed well in the Premier League. They've sold a lot of their players for a lot of money, bringing in £150m worth of sales and spending £89m, their biggest signing being Andreas Periera from Man Utd for £31.5m while selling Ruben Neves for £70m to Bayern.
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