7 Challenges to Set Yourself for a New Football Manager Save With Sunderland

A lot of us find ourselves at a bit of a loose end in the current climate. We're all wondering: What's the best way not only to pass the time, but simultaneously ensure you're making the most of your day's spare hours?

Well, once you've binge-watched the recently released second season of ​Sunderland 'Til I Die, there's only one thing left to do....

Get cracking with a brand new Football Manager 2020 career with the Black Cats. And to bring you maximum enjoyment in doing so, 90min have come up with seven challenges to keep it interesting as you dive into your inaugural season with Sunderland. 

First thing on the agenda is...

Gain Automatic Championship Promotion

This one is vitally important. You don't need to be a genius to understand that the first thing on your agenda is to get Sunderland back up to the ​Championship. And preferably, do it by winning League One outright - it's time to take the Black Cats back to where they belong, and put the nightmare of back-to-back relegations behind them. 

It doesn't matter how you do it, just make sure to get it done. If you're serious about building a promising future for the Tyne and Wear side, it's not an over-exaggeration to suggest Championship promotion is the single key that will unlock the path to any potential of future success you might have. 

Charlton Athletic v Sunderland - Sky Bet League One Play-off Final

And, all memories of the painful 2019 play-off final loss to Charlton Athletic must be banished. 

Premier League Return Via Play-Offs

Congratulations if you manage the above. Next on the list - don't pretend you'recontent with life in England's second tier. We all know the Black Cats belong in the ​Premier League, and it's time to take them back to the top flight of English football. 

Your season in the Championship is but a mere interim period en route to your Premier League return. And we all love a bit of play-off drama when it comes to battling it out for promotion - so how about landing that third and final place after winning the play-offs?

David Moyes

Having finished the 2016/17 campaign bottom after gaining an embarrassing 24 points under David Moyes, Sunderland will then be free to wipe their tarnished Premier League slate clean. A fresh start.

Finish Above Newcastle

Once you've re-established the status quo, it goes without saying you're in it for the long run. The hard yards you've put in to rise up the divisions is not about to be undone. 

No, ensure that your club sails on in a safe and stable manner, and set your sights on the next big thing - finishing above your arch-rivals ​Newcastle United.

Ayoze Perez,Jack Rodwell

What would be even better is if you finished 17th. Yes, you have probably run the risk of relegation more than you might have liked, but if you can finish a place above the Magpies in these circumstances, it's happy days for all Mackems. 

Re-Sign Defoe for Derby Delight

Yann M'Vila (having played for both Sunderland and Inter) claimed the Tyne-Wear derby was a greater sporting spectacle than the Milan derby. Who knows whether that's true, but we do know this particular derby is always a game of considerable importance for both sides.

The first derby was contested way back in 1883, and to this day the spoils are shared - 53 victories apiece. But you can earn the bragging rights, the question is how?

Jermain Defoe

Simple - by re-signing the recent Sunderland legend that is ​Jermain Defoe. He's a dead certain to fire you to Tyne-Wear glory - allow us to remind of you of his purely out of this world volley that ensured Sunderland beat Newcastle 1-0 back in 2015.

Jordan Henderson's Homecoming

​Jordan Henderson might be a Champions League winner with ​Liverpool, and be on course to captain the Reds to their first top-flight title in 30 years. But, lest we forget where it all began - it was indeed the Stadium of Light. 

Sunderland's Jordan Henderson celebrates

Hendo signed for Sunderland aged eight, and was on the books for 13 years before leaving the club of his heart in 2011. 

By the time you're back fit and fighting in the Premier League, the Englishman would have won the title with Liverpool, and be moving towards the final stages of his career. Why not give him the perfect send off by launching an audacious bid to have return to his beloved boyhood club?

Win the Club's Seventh Top-Flight Title

Now most people don't know that Sunderland sit sixth in the all-time records for top flight title wins. Granted, they are currently seventh in League One, and have undergone a drastic decline over the past few years. 

Coventry City v Sunderland - Sky Bet League One

It might take you a while, but once you've assembled a side capable of challenging for the Premier League title, recording the club's seventh top flight championship will see them move above ​Chelsea and ​Manchester City to officially become England's fifth most successful side ever. 

Go on, make it happen. 

Bring Back Lee Cattermole

Lee Cattermole

​'You've been hit by, you've been struck by... a Lee Cattermole!' is just one of the options when it comes to serenading this Sunderland legend. He spent ten years at the Stadium of Light, three of those as captain, before joining the renowned Dutch side VVV-Venlo in 2019. 

Now, Cattermole may well be entering the 'twilight' phase of career, but we reckon the 32-year-old could still tear it up in League One. Make him one of your first signings, plonk him in his favoured central-midfield lynchpin role, and watch as he reaps you the rewards.

Inevitably, a couple of yellow and red cards will come with him, but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet -  there's a price to pay for greatness. That's just how it is, and Cattermole is worth it - ask any Sunderland fan out there!

Source : 90min