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    Definitely a touch of second season syndrome, but it's still quite early on, so there's plenty of time to improve matters.

    Looking good for making the knockout rounds of the CL

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    That's about as many seats in the new stadium as trains in Crewe.

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    Feel Like Resigning




    Well my Crewe career has been al plain sailing successive promotions followed by a 3rd place finish on our EPL debut. Now everything has turned to complete crap, teams score against us at will, in our game against West Ham we had 8 clear cut chances and scored once it's really starting to annoy me. I have tried a few different formations and tactical approaches but nothing seems to work in the league. Six losses, four draws and 3 wins in recent games is appalling I even considered quitting at one point as it is frustrating me so much. I have got better players in than we had last season but we will be closer to relegation than we will be to qualifying for Europe again.

    The only plus side is that we managed to get through our group and book a match against Lyon in the knockout stages. Just a pity that Lyon are the team that I hate playing on FM because more often than not they defeat me. Really starting to think of moving on but will probably end up staying.

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    Staying to the end of the season may be good. Hopefully the latter half of the season will turn things around. Congrats on qualifying out of the group stages!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Staying to the end of the season may be good. Hopefully the latter half of the season will turn things around. Congrats on qualifying out of the group stages!
    I will be staying until the end of the season at least. Just extremely disappointed to go from 3rd to bottom half. It's hard to decide what to do the easy thing would be to quit and go to a bigger club but maybe I should stay and try to win the champions league with Crewe.

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    I think I might leave, or give it one more year to see if it's just a blip.

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    How are your players morale? If its suffering a bit, I tend to arrange friendlies for my reserve team at home and get the first team players to play in these to help build morale. Fitness can sometimes be an issue but in the long run it tends to help.

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    The annoying thing is we will spank someone but seem unable to build on it and put a few wins together. I don't think I have ever fallen so far from one season to the next we could potentially finish 20-30 points worse off than last season.

    Morale suffers but is easily built up a bit through the team meetings. I think a better GK and fullbacks would help and a natural right winger will also be a target for next season.

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    Feel Like Resigning




    Thank god for that, the season is over and the end couldn't have come soon enough. I have been nothing but annoyed with this save for the past 6 or 7 months in game. The 5-4 match against Newcastle sums things up, we were 5-1 after less than 20 minutes, overall we had 7 clear cut chances yet they had 2 I really hate that stupid stat. Nothing much else to say really apart from how poor we were compared to the fantastic season we had last year.


    The Champions League was a welcome distraction as we got through our group in top place securing it on the last day with a convincing 2-0 win over Bayern. We drew Lyon a team I hate on FM in the next round and lost at their place 2-1 but thrashed them at our 4-1 to book a place against another English team Arsenal. We drew the first leg despite leading twice and couldn't even get the ball off them for the second leg annoyingly we beat them at their place in the league in a match sandwiched between the two Champions League matches. I did enjoy our stint in Europe but there will be no European football next season.

    Domestic Cups


    The FA Cup was over pretty early we breezed past QPR 2-0 at home in one of our better performances but then we lost 3-2 in the next round to 16th place Championship side Southampton to signal more disappointment. The League Cup was slightly better, we beat Wolves 2-0 away to secure a match against QPR who we beat in extra time 3-1 then we lost on penalties to Birmingham in a match where we played as poor as our league position looks.

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    Now a dilemma, stick it out at Crewe or go to an ageing Real Madrid squad with a mega transfer budget?

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    Go to Madrid and sign the 10 best players in the world. You will need to adjust the budget to afford it though

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    I made a couple of saves to check out their squad etc. They lied that wage budget is £2.9 million and transfer budget is only £302 million.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AcidBurn View Post
    I made a couple of saves to check out their squad etc. They lied that wage budget is £2.9 million and transfer budget is only £302 million.
    Damn them. You needed that extra Million too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DazRTaylor View Post
    Damn them. You needed that extra Million too.
    Haha, I asked them to pay me £875,000 a week but they wouldn't. I will make a decision tonight but if I accept I will keep a Crewe save so I can go back to it at some point in the future,

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    If you will definitely keep a Crewe save, then take the Madrid job as nothing to lose

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    Tough choice, wouldn't begrudge you a move (even to Madrid) now.

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    Real Madrid definitely - your storming progress up the leagues with Crewe has got you the recognition. Now go to the Bernabeau and bring a couple of local Crewe lads with you

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    It'll be hard to turn them down tbh....you can stay there short term and then move to another continent.

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    Real purly because i still really like em.

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    Madrid? Would definitely be a step up.

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    Real with that kind of budget would be insane, would be alot of pressure for instant sucess though.

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    Thanks for the opinions guys, if I go to Real Madrid then expect a stay at Crewe spin off thread to appear in a few months!

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    I am quite sad to leave Crewe but I couldn't resist the progress Real Madrid have to offer for my challenge. I am surprised to see that despite leaving I have remained a legend at Crewe and I hope to one day return, I think it would be a nice way to end my career if I eventually finish this challenge.



    Neils Buijs

    One of the biggest problems here is that Casillas is 38 years old an dstill the top dog in goal, so I went out and bought the best GK I could find who isn't brilliant but will replace the legend during the season and take over full time from next season. Cost £30 million of the £300 million budget.

    Willy Menard

    I missed out on this lad when I managed Crewe, I had a £10 million bid accepted but he decided to sign for Sporting Lisbon in stead for half the wage. I saw that a few clubs had bid £20 million for him mainly my rivals At. Madrid so I matched the bid and signed the versatile player for £20 million.

    Mario Gotze

    The marquee signing of my reign, I have never managed the lad before so splashed out £55 million to sign him from Dortmund I just hope he can pay the fee back with plenty of assists and a few goals here and there.

    Kurt Zouma

    Never heard of him in real life but I decided that I needed a young-ish CB to play in the heart of my defence. So it took a lot of negotiating but I got him for £43 million he is a physical beast as you can see and should be a rock at the back.

    Leopoldo Amat

    Not the most exciting signing but a good solid young Spanish player to play in midfield. Cost £12.25 million from Malaga so not an expensive purchase either.

    Juan Chumpitaz

    The club was fielding a 31 year old Marcelo at LB so I wanted someone a lot young and decided to pay the release clause of £23 million to buy the LB from Betis, looks like a decent player with a bit of room for improvement.

    Aston Quiggin

    I dreamed of having this lad at Crewe but price, rivalry and reputation stopped any chance I had so I decided to bring him to Madrid to replace ageing stars Benzema and Higuain up front. Cost £34 million but has everything you could want in a striker especially that 20 for finishing.

    Elmo

    £17.5 million was the release clause and I am sure acidmonkey will appreciate the name of this quality CB, hoping him and Zouma can form a solid partnership at the back.


    So now I only have £293 million left to spend because most of my purchases where made before the budgets were given for the new season, I am actually quite surprised at the lack of expensive player we can attract no Neymar, no Ganso and no players valued at more than £30 million even Jack Wilshere refused to discuss a move to Real Madrid with us. I expect my stay to be over as soon as I win the Champions League even if it is in the first season.

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    because of that i have to post the vid again!!


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    Haha, first thing I thought when I signed him.

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    Quick work in Madrid.

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    Sliding Doors meets Football Manager.

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    Hopefully it will not take more than 2 or 3 seasons then I can move on, fancy MLS, Mexico or South Africa next.

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    MLS is always fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    MLS is always fun
    I enjoyed my time there on my last save, I will have to go there or Mexico at some point to try and win the North American Champions League, I do like Mexico but MLS has less foreign player rules.

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    MLS may have less foreign player rules, but we have crazy contract rules, international spots, DP contracts, Senior, Senior Entry, Generation Adidas, Academy Apprentice, etc.. But all that makes it fun!

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    It's all a bit easy so far but I guess being able to spend £300 million should make things pretty easy domestically. Quiggin has gone from Stoke City to performing at the highest level for Real Madrid within a few weeks. Di Maria despite being 31 has been great in recent weeks and Gotze is just pure brilliance, I have never managed him before but I can see why people love him so much. Overall the team is flying but there are still some tough away matches to come but we should surely have enough to see off the competition and win the league if we keep playing this well. We outplayed Barcelona and they had something like 4 shots all game but managed to pull it back to 1-1 until Quiggin struck late on to give us the win and ensure that my first El Classico was a win.

    Champions League


    Going well in the Champions League although Bayern Munich are the only team to beat us this season and they totally outplayed us. We will face AC Milan in the first knockout round in February, a reasonably tough draw as they have some real quality mainly Pastore but I am hoping we have too much for them.

    Another Window Another Load of Cash Spent


    Lee Campbell

    Okay so he isn't anywhere near Real Madrid quality but last time I managed Madrid I signed a player called Wisner who I had managed at several clubs. I like to bring in players I like in the game and see what they can do so despite not having the best attributes and playing awful for Crewe in his one match so far I decided to spend £10 million on Lee Campball as back up to Quiggin.

    Iker Muniain

    Not really reached his potential but I needed another option in attack because Rossi, Quiggin, Di Maria and Gotze between them were always playing as part of an attacking three so Muniain is now an extra option for the games against smaller sides. £20 million bit steep for a back up but who cares we have 100's of millions.

    Andrea Bertolacci

    Modric was playing a whole load of games and at 34 that's a bit much, so I decided to buy Bertolacci even at a cost of £60 million I really wanted to sign him so just gave up and paid the huge asking price.

    Players Out and Missed targets


    Fans a bit upset that I decided to sell Higuain for £10 million to Sao Paulo but at 32 I felt he had little to offer and was starting losing his physical attributes those were the reasons I also sold on Benzema for £10 million to Inter as well as clearing a decent chunk of wages off the wage bill.

    I tried to sign Jack Wilshere and Neymar but they were both not willing to discuss a move and neither was Aaron Ramsey. I went in for Ganso but he is 30 years old and would have cost £83 million.

    Crewe are currently in 18th place in the EPL and it looks as though they could very well go down if they do not book up their play, it would be a shame given the new stadium I just hope they don't go into a financial meltdown but if they do I hope to save them sometime in the distant future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    MLS may have less foreign player rules, but we have crazy contract rules, international spots, DP contracts, Senior, Senior Entry, Generation Adidas, Academy Apprentice, etc.. But all that makes it fun!
    Whatever works for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Whatever works for you
    MLS is intresting YES fun possibly

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    MLS may have less foreign player rules, but we have crazy contract rules, international spots, DP contracts, Senior, Senior Entry, Generation Adidas, Academy Apprentice, etc.. But all that makes it fun!
    They are all pretty easy to understand after a couple of months of playing but it does put people off, I think I prefer the Mexican leagues slightly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Whatever works for you
    It's a league like no other. And sucking means you get #1 Superdraft pick, instead of let's say relegation. Win-Win even if you lose!

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    Breezed through the league as expected really, only losses against Sevilla once we had already won the league and surprisingly against Real Sociedad 3-0 making them the team to hand us our first league defeat of the season. Gotze, Quiggin and Rossi ripped teams apart as an attacking three with Quiggin scoring 51 goals throughout the season. The double over Barcelona was the most pleasing thing about our league form especially as the trip to the Nou Camp was after Sociedad thrashed us 3-0.


    We also added the Spanish cup to our collection with a reasonably easy draw wins over Malaga and Leganes were even easier than they looked and then we knocked out our rivals in the quarter finals despite losing at their place we were in control for most of the match. Sociedad came next once again we lost the away leg but had built a big enough lead from the first leg to see us through. The final against Racing was pretty hard and they bossed the first half but never had any real chances. The second half we took control back and Quiggin popped up with a good finish to win us the trophy.

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    The One That Really Matters


    As you saw earlier the group stage was easy and we dispatched of AC Milan with ease beating them 3-0 at their place and 1-0 at ours to book a tie against Zenit in the following round. Once again similar to the Spanish Cup we lost the away leg but had built a decent enough lead in the first leg to go through without any real worries. Next we faced another Spanish side Valencia who had thrashed Barcelona 7-2 in the first leg and lost 3-0 in the second leg in the previous round. The most important match of the season was next against Chelsea, we totally dominated them but could only take a 1-0 lead at half time. The second half started and they scored straight away a player called Schouten who I had thought about signing from Man City but didn't I started to get worried that they would fluke the win but the main man Aston Quiggin once again scored to seal the win for us, which should have been more comfortable.

    Where to now?


    A couple of days after this unbelievably easy season I felt that I deserved a bigger wage than £29,500 a week, so I asked for another contract and the board offered me one a paltry £41,000 a week I told them I wanted £1,000,000 a week but they would only offer £50,000, I dropped my asking price to a reasonable £500,000 a week their counter offer £54,000. I went as low as £250,000 a week but they wouldn't offer me any more so I told them to stick it and resigned.

    So now I am unemployed and looking for work to try and win the third continental trophy. So I am waiting for an interesting job to come up in Africa, Asia, South America or North America.

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    What a bunch of tight gits, not offering you those most reasonable of wage demands

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    Quote Originally Posted by heathxxx View Post
    What a bunch of tight gits, not offering you those most reasonable of wage demands
    I know £250,000 a week is more than reasonable for a man of my skill.

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    Job Opportunities

    Internacional - Haven't got a great squad but they have got a 30 year old Leandro Damiao who is a complete beast of a player, bad points are the huge amount of games in Brazil and I am not sure if they are one of the teams that starts with a big TV money deal or not.

    Independiente - Top of the Argentinian closing stage so will probably be in the Copa Libertadores next season. Looks like they have a very good and reasonably young side plenty of player that could be sold for a profit and plenty worth keeping around.

    Kaizer Chiefs - They haven't won the league since 2012 and are way behind Orlando Pirates squad wise, would probably be the biggest challenge of the these three teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AcidBurn View Post
    I know £250,000 a week is more than reasonable for a man of my skill.
    I got paid a virtual $16 million a year when I was Real Madrid manager in FM11.

    Maybe go to South Africa first before going to South America?

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    It's out of Kaizer Chiefs and Independiente, Internacional are already in the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores but I want to win it from start to finish not sneak in with 3 games left and win it. I really like the look of Independientes squad so am leaning towards them.

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    They probably weren't going to pay you because you only scored 100 goals in the season...pitiful

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    They probably weren't going to pay you because you only scored 100 goals in the season...pitiful
    Haha, for once I actually tried to defend a little bit sorry to disappoint lol.

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    Another very good seasons. Let's see who you pick next.

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    i was on £300k a week at Real

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    I finally decided to venture to Africa and accepted the Kaizer Chiefs job, as you can see they won the league a while a go but since then have not had a huge amount of success. I took this job because surprisingly they are the most financially strong side out of the three I mentioned earlier. They have constantly sold players over the years and made a decent profit most season seeing them have a bank balance of nearly £16 million. They offered me a transfer budget of £6 million and a wage budget of £50,000 a week. The team needs a bit of work but has some decent players. The only downside is that to qualify for the African Champion League I have to win the league, if I cannot achieve that sooner rather than later I may look for a move to another African country but for now I will try to build up the Kaizer Chiefs and win the league.

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    South Africa can be fun, just the Champion League is tough there once you begin playing clubs in Egypt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    South Africa can be fun, just the Champion League is tough there once you begin playing clubs in Egypt.
    When doing this challenge I usually manage an Egyptian club, could still end up at one yet.

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    I tried and failed to sign a number of South African players from other teams in South Africa looks like I will need to build up the clubs reputation before I can sign decent players from my rivals. We had to money but no one to spend it on, I decided if I could get some quick players in I would be okay especially if those players were up front. First I went for Albert Majola a young South African LB on a free transfer, then I bought another South African in Tshepo Mazibuko a young DM/CM for £750,000 from fellow South African team Bloem Celtic. Now comes the spending with £1.6 million on Ladi Uzoma a very quick Nigerian AMR/ST and another quick Nigerian to play as my lone striker £1.2 million signing Michael Daniel.

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    Everything seems relatively easy at the moment, the fans moaned about Michael Daniel not being worth the money I will admit I overpaid for him but he is scoring and that's all that matters. Sundowns were top until we beat them quite easily as well at their place to steal top place. No one else really put up a fight, Tuks were good against us in the first match and I thought I might have made the wrong move but that wasn't a reflection of our true form. Hoping to keep morale up and keep winning because I think Sundowns will keep putting points on the board.

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    I predict a riot, over them having such a great manager grace their presence.

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    Interesting move. One which I am looking forward to reading about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    I predict a riot, over them having such a great manager grace their presence.
    Haha, could be a riot soon I declared interest in the Santos job to see what would happen and upset the fans.

    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Interesting move. One which I am looking forward to reading about.
    Thanks, never managed in South Africa before and need a club to win the African Champions League with so thought why not.

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    Good luck in SA, great start!

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    Good Luck, should be fun in south Africa.

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    Moaning over Daniel and he's scored in all matches. There should be a press option to tell fans to go shove it

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackJCFC View Post
    Good luck in SA, great start!
    Quote Originally Posted by acidmonkey View Post
    Good Luck, should be fun in south Africa.
    Cheers lads.

    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Moaning over Daniel and he's scored in all matches. There should be a press option to tell fans to go shove it
    I really wish that was in the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AcidBurn View Post
    Haha, could be a riot soon I declared interest in the Santos job to see what would happen and upset the fans.
    Every day they love you less and less.

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    Things still going well for us in the league although a bit strange losing to SuperSport Utd at home then travelling to Orlando Pirates and beating them 4-0. Starting to concede a few more goals than we did at the start of the season but still scoring a few goals. It's going to be a tight finish so we need to keep going and hope we don't slip up and Orlando do.


    Thought this was worth posting because I don't think I have ever seen a hat trick of free kicks in one game let alone in a top of the table clash.

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    First Cup Win At Kaizer Chiefs


    Started with a convincing win in the first round of the South African Knock Out Cup over Tuks 4-1, then we played poorly but managed to snatch a win on penalties(some of the worst I have ever seen on FM) Then we faced Black Leopards and came away with an undeserved 3-2 win after extra time. The final was reasonably easy with a 3-1 win over Ajax CT.

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    I have struggled to get into this save since I moved to the Kaizer Chiefs and this job offer has just come up, however the win over Orlando makes me think I should stay not sure now.

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    Probably continue having a go with the Chiefs.

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    Good Luck mate, always nice to see someone doing something different!

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    Not a bad move. I guess it depends on whether you want to try your hand in the African CL or not...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    Every day they love you less and less.
    Haha, hopefully they will love me again if I can win more than the minor cup.

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Probably continue having a go with the Chiefs.
    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Not a bad move. I guess it depends on whether you want to try your hand in the African CL or not...
    I will be staying, I was just struggling to get into the save at Kaizer Chiefs but the trashing of our rivals has inspired me to carry on.

    Quote Originally Posted by hullcity4life View Post
    Good Luck mate, always nice to see someone doing something different!
    Cheers dude.

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    I would give it another season with the Kaizer's.

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    I just cannot get into this save any more keep finding myself wishing I had not left Crewe. I have an older save and have gone back to being Crewe manager so I may open a new thread or go back in time on this one. Would anyone be interested in reading if I went back to Crewe? Everything was set there, a good bunch of youngsters with a few more on the way, a new stadium coming, legendary status. I only left because I was thinking of achieving my goal of winning every continental trophy but I should have just kept doing what I was enjoying.

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    I have always wanted a Crewe save personally to see if I can replicate their youth principles. So go for it

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    Go for it AB!

    You could always return to this if you feel like it in the future.

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    You could always call the thread 'Staying Where I Should Have'

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    Quote Originally Posted by DodgeeD View Post
    You could always call the thread 'Staying Where I Should Have'
    Perfect thread title lol, cheers for the comments people.

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    Definitely return to the Crewe era.

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    Cool, I'll put a thread up tomorrow night. It's a shame that this challenge has not really gripped me on FM12 like it did when I completed it on FM10 and FM11.

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    Really enjoyed reading this I've been playing as Crewe for a while now (see my thread) and really enjoying being there - so many good youngsters come through their system!

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    Enjoyed the career, but completely understand if you're just not into it. Looking forward to your new one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AcidBurn View Post
    keep finding myself wishing I had not left Crewe.
    First time I've ever heard anybody say that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby_McDonald View Post
    First time I've ever heard anybody say that!
    Haha, obviously not a real life statement.

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