santy001 Posted May 8, 2020 Share Posted May 8, 2020 Íþróttafélagið Magni Grenivík - Or Magni for short. Set up way back when in 1915 and a somewhat ambitious capacity of 1200 Magni find themselves in the second tier of Icelandic football. As recently as 2015 they were in the 4th tier, so all in a club that looks to be on the up. However, the media prediction is the club will finish 12th. Based in the village of Grenivik the entire municipality boasts a population of 400 and according to reliable sources at Wikipedia (is it allowed for homework these days?) it has a local convenience store, bank and a couple of schools. Iceland is low in the European co-efficient, and so trying to uplift a nation with a small league structure could prove interesting. Taking Over: I've dropped into Magni with the highest tier of badges and experience available, so this is admittedly a little unfair. But, I'm well out of practice with lower leagues on FM20. The club has already had a poor campaign in the League Cup in Iceland by the time I've joined in April 2019. During March they finished 4th out of 6 in Group D with 1 win in 5 games. There's not much to do now until the league starts in May, so its a case of bringing in a backroom team and looking to get the squad prepared for short 4 month season. While I couldn't find much interesting in the way of goalkeeping coaches, I've made offers to Patrice Evra and Arjen Robben who while not exceptional have decent enough stats in their determination, level of discipline and motivating. It's a shame I couldn't get them signed up as players as even at 37 and 35 respectively, you'd imagine they'd do wonders at this level. Initial Squad Assessment: It's safe to say that I am absolutely clueless coming into this just what the squads real strengths and weaknesses would be. The early days will see me lean heavily on my staff. Most upsetting first of all was the lack of a director of football. While the club has a slot for one, there wasn't anyone actually interested in the job. I do have an Assistant Manager however. He's a former Magni player, manager and player again in that order - before becoming assistant manager. Here's the three highest rated from my staff: Gautason appears like he could be a threat on set pieces at 6'4" and the rest of his stats aren't terrible to be honest. While his report shows some cons there aren't any that would be a huge concern at this level. Hopefully this guy can be the rock at the back upon which a platform for success is built. Bjarnason looks quite decent in the mental sphere of attributes. Again, there don't seem to be any terrible factors on his report, just a general highlighting of his poorer attributes. Rosbergsson is versatile enough to be at home in any of 3 positions. Quite where he'll find himself in my side I don't yet know, but I'm more inclined to use him as a forward. This is a man with 34 goals in 102 league games in his career, a respectable 1 in 3. Ultimately at this level there will be a lot of turnover, short term contracts. It'll be a bit of a scattershot approach offering trials to unattached players to see who does well and might be worth trying to bring in for a season or two. Tactics: My formation will be one that I've come to use a lot on FM20, a 4-4-2/4-2-4. Nothing at all fancy going on, and I'd hope its within the abilities of players at this level. I may look to tone down the tempo a bit if the team struggles, but for now its time to embark upon the journey and see where it goes through pre-season. 2 Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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