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Joe aka @FridayNightFM on Twitter, was inspired to manage Sunderland in FM20 after watching the recent series on Netflix. I must admit that I haven't watched it myself and unless this Lockdown boredom continues past the end of May, I probably won't bother either. Joe did well in his save and he got Sunderland promoted as Champions of the Championship during the 2020/21 Season. He then uploaded his save and laid a challenge down to all-comers. "Fancy keeping Sunderland in the Premier League?" Being my usual flippant self i suggested that there might be a more important question that needed answering. What I was really thinking though was that this might be a perfect opportunity to see exactly how hard it is to not concede goals against really good opposition, when your GK is stranded up-field after smashing yet another free-kick straight into the defensive wall and the opposition are taking pot-shots from their own half. (See, this is looking like more fun than you expected already, isn't it!) Like many others, I've been "Furloughed" from work at the moment and the idea of a single season managing a club that I haven't ever managed before, (and am quite unlikely to ever manage again), is at least a little interesting and will kill some time between me not doing much while stuck in the house and............ this Lockdown is eventually going to end at some point right? And we are going to be allowed to go and watch proper football matches in actual real life and go to restaurants where other people cook our food and bring us alcohol? That is going to happen right? RIGHT? I don't know a lot about Sunderland, other than that they are the poor relations, (please don't be offended. Life is too short and none of this is serious), to Newcastle Utd, and that they are Mackems rather than Geordies. The previous Manager, Joe AKA @FridayNightFM has worked wonders in getting them promoted, (I have no idea if he's worked wonders but let's just go with it for the moment). He has however relied heavily on loan players it seems. (Absolutely nothing wrong with that by the way). The loan players all played a significant role in getting the club into the Premier League and 4 out of the 5 are big names, (to me at least). Eddie Nketiah has had a phenomenal season, (which suggests that we won't be able to get him back again), surely Callum Hudson-Odoi shouldn't have been playing in the Championship anyway and Billy Gilmour somehow spent part of the 2019/20 season at Alloa in Scotland. Apologies, I'm not very good at spelling, (but I bet you are paying more attention now than you were a minute ago). The other 2 loanees were the aptly named O'bafemi and Dominic Thompson who in all seriousness I have never heard of. (No, I really hadn't heard of him before and yes I can be serious sometimes). So some of the many questions to be answered are..... Will any/all of last seasons loanees come back again for another season? Will Caoimhin Kelleher be the 1st choice GK come the start of next season? How did Eddie Nketiah play 48 games last season without being injured? Am I going to get banned for breaking the page with this thread title? Has Will Grigg ever really been on fire? With such undulating hills and natural beauty on show in Alloa, why did Billy Gilmour ever leave?