Have the U National Teams improved significantly since FM2008?
Personally I would first like to rant/ask?
Why not do the most realistic thing
This is after all what happens IRL and for the U15 team their is usually a training camp of lets say 200-300 players from where the first squad is made such a camp could be implemented in FM as well....
Also I searched the forums (as is advised) for topics and youth teams and found out that one can start as the manager of a U19/U21 team in FM09 if this is the case I would be very happy
But that there sadly still is some problems with applying for the positions
In the name of realism I think it would add a lot of depth if we could manage the National U21 Team and then move on to club management.
I also would take great enjoyment out of being able to work/apply solely as the manager of clubs youth side's as this is the case in RL working side by side with the Manager.
This would also make the game more realistic for me as most managers start out coaching a youth side then progress to say a lower league team and then progress back to maybe take over the First Team of the former.
Starting out being the youth Manager of Liverpool after a couple of season get a job with Burnley produce some outstanding results get a job at Villa qualify for Champions League with Villa and being offered the head job at Liverpool.
This would also make scouting for Regens a lot more realistic and it is not many 16 year olds that debut in their U19sides, but instead these 16 year olds would in most cases be part of the U16 or U17.