Jake: ‘why not, with so many players with SAFC connections in Russia?’

The original promotion poll, now closed, received 818 votes. Of those, 664 predicted – whether through blind faith or genuine belief – that Sunderland would bounce straight back. It was desperately close but just half of them thought we’d do so as champions.

Only 18 per cent (still a sizeable minority, totalling 148 votes) were pessimistic, though mostly about promotion chances, just four per cent (36 votes) fearing another relegation scrap.

The poll allowed other responses and there were six of these, listed below.

Amid news of signings and departures, we move on. John McCormick has expanded the concept so that you can now vote on which of next season’s League One sides will go up. He will reveal the results in due course but for now, have your say below …

And here, in full, are the results for the first poll, which ran from soon after last season ended until yesterday.

Gut feeling: will SAFC win promotion at the first attempt?

Yes, as champions 333 votes (41 per cent)

Yes 331 (40 per cent)

Afraid not 112 (14 per cent)

More likely to be fighting another drop 36 (4 per cent)

Other Answers (one vote each)

Too early to call

No idea, ask me again in late July

Playoff contender

I’m shellshocked so hope is in short supply but maybe we can go up

Hopefully the play-offs

Too soon to say

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