FIFA 16 Sunderland Career Mode Guide: 11 Things You Must Do

Can you survive an entire season in charge?

The last few seasons have been a struggle on Wearside, and plenty of good managers have all paid the price of failure. One of the most surprising aspects of the team's demise is that there are actually some fairly decent players hidden in the squad. FIFA 16 gives you the opportunity to ditch the losing mentality surrounding the club and simply play to their potential. Jeremain Lens, Jermain Defoe, Yann M'Vila and Younes Kaboul are all more than capable in the game, and they come with a supporting cast worthy of a very respectable finish. There are plenty of handy hints to be given if you're to stand any chance of surviving an entire season, a somewhat rare feat for Sunderland managers nowadays. Who to sign, who to sell, which tactic to use, and which hidden gem to unearth...

11. The Essentials

Don't rush head-first into your game. Make sure you lay the foundations first, and don't neglect the trivial things such as pre-season tournaments. Winning those few games before each season will be a very welcome boost to your finances and can be all the difference when it comes to landing stars for your team. One of the other tasks of top importance is setting up a scouting network. Hire an additional scout if you need to, but the four existing members of the team can be deployed across the world to unearth gems for a fraction of the cost you'd expect to pay.

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