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  1. yet another Sunderland 'til I Die career [FM20] I know there have been more than a few threads inspired by watching the Netflix documentary Sunderland 'til I Die but after watching I couldn't help myself so I will be managing the Black Cats for my first FM20 save. I have been playing CM/FM for a long time but this is my first attempt at writing a career update here on the forums - so here goes. I will aim to do a mid-season and end of season post with also posts for any important milestones. My long term aim will be to get Sunderland back to the Premier League. Currently the club is in a good financial position but is still suffering the effects of its relegation from the Premier League 3 seasons ago, in terms of some players on outrageous wages for both their quality and the tier of Football the club now finds itself in. The directives from the board for the League One 2019/2020 campaign are as follows: The aim is to win League One while playing an attacking, possession based style of football. They also ask that I use the clubs excellent youth system to develop young players for the first team. I am happy to agree to all 3 of these philosophies as they suit my personal management preferences too. I have decided to play an attacking 4-3-2-1 style so will need to address the lack of quality wingers in the squad particularly down the left-hand side of the pitch. Trimming some of the lower quality players on high wages will help address this. In terms of youth players at the club 17-yr old, Bali Mumba looks far and away the best prospect. I have promoted him to the first team squad and will give him games this season to aid his personal development. I have also cleaned out the clubs existing staff except for the Fitness Coach as they were universally poor. The new staff structure at the club looks like this: At the end of the first transfer window the comings and goings at the club look like this: IN Of the players in first-teamers Carmona, Niguez, Bicho and Batista Meier will add some much needed quality and numbers to our midfield attacking ranks. The other transfers in were young players who show some promise and will slot into our U18 and U23 squads. OUT I will mainly be playing only 1 striker and with Semenyo, Grigg, and Lafferty on the books there is no room at the club for Charlie Wyke who has been moved on for a token fee freeing up 7k p/w in wages. Tom Flanagan was also deemed surplus to requirements due to there being better choices at centre back at the club. NB: It doesn't show it here for some reason but also released Duncan Watmore with a mutual termination of his contract. It cost me 325k which was basically my entire remaining transfer budget, but he was on 15k p/w and was getting nowhere near the first team so he had to go
  2. 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?
  3. Intro Hi . My name is Chris. I decided to go back to FM19 because I am simply not enjoying FM20's ME right now. I have been wanting to do a Sunderland save but never got around to it. My plan is doing a story about it will keep me interested in the save because usually I lose interest a couple of seasons in. Goals for this save are very simple. Win the Premier League and win the Champions League. The plan is to end the save when those two targets are achieved. I am using an edited database with promotions and relagations as well as transfers updated . The only difference to fm 20 should be the start date .
  4. I'm managing Sunderland in League One. No signings and many tactics used to try to get the best from my players. It's not a bad tactic, but I think that I can take more from my wingers, who doesn't seem to play well like pure wingers as they lack speed. Also, I guess that speed is something that my entire team don't have and I really wanted to make a better defensive block (play with a 4-4-2, 4-4-1-1, 4-1-4-1...). What do you guys think?
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