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7 minutes ago, DazRTaylor said:

Looks like you are having a blast @XaW!  I try again tomorrow, in Northern Ireland with Coagh United.

Yeah, I'm really enjoying it! Hopefully we can push for a promotion in a few seasons.

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KRC Gent - 2021/22 Season Review

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Squad - Croky Cup - Finances - Transfers (Both deals agreed before I took over)

Well, this was unexpected! We were predicted to finish 15th and with 1 win and 4 defeats from our opening 5 looked destined to live up to that pre season billing. I dropped our defensive line a touch and made us more attacking, but what followed on was not in the slightest bit expected. Only 2 more defeats in the remaining 22 league games saw us effectively lead the table (Club Brugge NXT can't get promoted) heading into the playoff phase. Being a fool I didn't check the playoff rules and expected an English style knock out, resting my players after we have confirmed our place in the top 4. I ended up losing the last 2 games of the regular season before finding out we took 50% of our points through! We lost our first playoff game against Francs Borains (they dealt us 3 of our 8 total defeats) but 3 wins and 2 draws saw us over the line in the final game and we're up at the first time of asking! I honestly didn't expect this and have no idea how we'll compete at the higher level, but only 1 team come back down so we'll do our best to finish next to bottom.

Finances aren't good, we lost a lot and I don't expect that will change in the next division. Luckily we have very good training and youth facilities for this level so they should carry us through for a little while yet. The two transfers were arranged before I joined and I couldn't cancel them, arriving on my 2nd day in the job.

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Having good starting facilities definitely makes a difference, and look at all those second nationalities! I signed all these players except for Pontikos & Fossati, and as we didn't have enough players to fill our bench expect to see at least 2 or 3 in and around the first team next season.

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South Shields September 1, 2027 Update

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We had a very successful friendly season losing only to Rangers.  Beat follow League Two side Carlisle 2-0 in a friendly at our place.  The start of the season was tough as we struggled to find the right 4-4-2 fit for this year's squad.  As we find that, the results should start to come.  Played a mainly reserve side against the Newcastle U23s in the Checkatrade Trophy.  We were short a lot of players due to U19 and U21 international call-ups.  They just ran us over.

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Our goals per game, shots per game, and pass completion numbers are all improved from last year.  We have moved into the "aggressive clinical" quad.  But our goals conceded and xG goals conceded are worse than last year's numbers.  We are currently in the "busy leaky" quad on the defensive efficiency graph.

No mentoring items to mention during this run of games.

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Berwick Rangers – 2022/23

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Competitions:

 

League: (First picture pre-season prediction)

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A very good season, predicted to finish rock bottom by a long long long way but miraculously we somehow beat pre-season expectations to stay up, we were running in the playoffs for the first half of the season but then slumped horrendously. Also Lewis Allan was the league top scorer.

Scottish Cup:

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We played Alloa four times in all comps and won three, the only one we lost being in the Scottish Cup. We beat Cove 4-0 in round 3 but ultimately lost to Alloa in round 4.

 

Betfred Cup:

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The less said the better really, I don’t know what happened (three championship sides in our group).

 

SPFL Trust Trophy:

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Our second fourth round crash out; can someone who understands this competition actually explain how the hell it works? Why are teams from across the UK invited, I’m so confused by that??

 

Intake:

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All but one of our intake were signed with Molapo being a straight starter for us.

 

Squad/Accolades:

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Hard to believe we had just 12 players for most of last season. Great depth now.

 

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Lewis Allan somehow wins the Golden boot. Nelson also got most assists despite him having a fair few injuries. Also our discipline is an issue.

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Lewis also won two POTMSs.

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And I won the first MOTM of the season.

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Lewis also got TOTS.

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Just leave that there

 

And the final note is that a historical side and former premiership side offered me there manager role. I said no.

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1 minute ago, Braumiller said:

Holy smokes, over 200+ posts to catch up on! :eek:  Will do so over the next day or so

This challenge seems to just become more and more popular for each FM version! The FM20 one has over 5,600 replies and over 200,000 views!

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Sacachispas Fútbol Club - Welcome to Purple Inside! The website of purple  teams in the world!

Sacachispas FC

Season Summary 2025 - 2026

Another good season, but danger on the horizon? 

 

*Note: the Copa Libertadores and the Argentinian domestic cup does not correlate with the league calendar, so the save summary box at the end is a bit off.

It was another good season for us, and with the exact same development in form. Start well -> slow off a bit -> good form mid-season -> absolutely shocking, cant win anything -> finish strong. 

We finished 5th place which is actaully the worst league finish we've had! I can't complain though as we get another run in the Copa Libertadores (might have to go through qualification). We played some really good football at times this year, but overall we have to improve our consistency. A lot of tactical work was done thoughout the year, but to be honest it just left me with more questions. When our defenders have the ball, we don't seem to find many clever ways of building attacks from the back. This has led to more direct play from my GK, but this makes me lose possession more than I like and many games looked more like ping poll than a team with a tactical plan. 

Luckily we have a striker that scores at will. Moustapha Bissene scored 30 goals in 38 games which is great. His stats arent that great, but our formation really suits the advanced forward. 

In the Copa Libertadores we drew Corinthians (Brazil), Cruzeiro (Brazil) and Barcelona SC (Equador). A tough group, but we played great! We only lost once and that was the last game away against Corinthians. Home and away wins against Cruzeiro was crucial and we progressed to the knock-out stage with ease, and that was surprising! We could have won the group as we missed some huge chances in the final game against Corinthians, but it was well deserved that we lost the game in the end! So the first games of the next season is against Brazilian side Palmeiras. We are underdogs, but hopefully we can surprise them! 

But I do have some issues that I need to address. We have some really good players at this stage, including goalkeeper which is key, but my star player Gabriel Dezotti is going to leave.. I have been living in deinal, but with only one year left in his contract there is no chance that he will stay. I think I have to sell him and that has me forced to change tactics. I dont have any full backs left.... So we will be going into the next season with a formation that doesn't include full backs or wing backs.. How that will work I have no idea... 

Our next best player, Sergio Soto, has several years left on his contract, but I still pinned him down to a new deal (5 years + 2 extension). By far our best paid player now, but we just have to keep hold of the little quality that we have! 

 

Season Summary

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Key Players

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Key Talents

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2 minutes ago, Joe Horn said:

Now I'm hella confused is Scotland bizzare with job offers, I just got offered Premiership side Livingston's job. Like wtf I just finished mid table two divisions below with the worst squad in Scotland.

You have answered your own question.  You finished mid table with the worst squad.  

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13 hours ago, thomas_e said:

In the Copa Libertadores it's always tough to beat the Brazilian teams. This year I got two of them in the group stage, so advancing will be hard! But it's a lot harder when I only get one day rest after a league game. This makes no sense and there isn't even a tight schedule of games...................

 

 

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I'm having the same problem in Brazil!

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South Shields November 1, 2027 Update

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Our defense is vastly improved over the past couple years.  We played 12 matches in the last two months, we had clean sheets in seven of them and allowed only one goal in two more.  We finally have some depth and we don't have to roll out the same four defenders every game.  We can rotate in some fresh bodies.  We have slid back into the playoff places.  We were in them last season but really dropped off in the second half of the season due to no depth.  I feel better about our position this season.

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He doesn't look like much but he has a nose for the goal and puts in the work as a good deep-lying forward.  A nice little find in the bottom end of our most recent intake.

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Shots per game down and we are moving back into the "passive, clinical" quad.  But goals conceded per game is way down and driving our success this season.

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We have a lot of players playing during the international breaks for a variety of countries.

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I don't really know how to feel about this. We have lost our best prospect after Bahia met his release clause of £3.2m. I'm gutted that we are losing him as he had really become a main player for us, and we don't have anyone near his potential who will be ready to replace him in the next few years. 

The other problem is that we couldn't add any extra clauses into the deal. If we could have added a 50% next fee into the deal then I wouldn't be even questioning it. I reckon he will be moving on again for at least 7-10m and we aren't going to get any of it. 

It's also come at a bad time as we really don't need the money. We have a really good balance (for a club our size) and are already investing in our facilities. Oh well, that's the life of a youth only challenge I suppose!

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Getting off to a great start. Golden generation in the first intake with a attacking midfielder as the best one is just what I need :) 

This always get me very excited even if I know I will get disappointed :) 

GL ALL !! :) 

 

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Hi guys,

Anyone encounters a problem where some of their own players will have different kits?  All games now, some of my players will have white (default) kits, but some will have blue shirts, or striped shirts etc.  Makes it annoying since a lot of teams have blue kits and makes them undistinguisahable

Anyone has this problem?

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1 hour ago, jmonfu said:

Hi guys,

Anyone encounters a problem where some of their own players will have different kits?  All games now, some of my players will have white (default) kits, but some will have blue shirts, or striped shirts etc.  Makes it annoying since a lot of teams have blue kits and makes them undistinguisahable

Anyone has this problem?

Yes, I've had it for a while where in some games one or two of my players will play in an away shirt (but home shorts) whilst the rest of the team is wearing the normal home kit.

When I first saw it and wasn't sure what was going on it looked like one of the other team had run 40 yards trying to score an O.G :lol:

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So I've had my youth intake for my 4th season and it's... questionably good? At least 4 players could have decent potential, but given the quality of our side, I'm not holding my breath.

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Tortoli is my best prospect and someone that I can finally build my team around in goal. With my current starting goalkeeper still only being 29 and 3.5 stars in current ability, my main concern for Tortoli is giving him game-time, which I'm not great at when it comes to goalkeepers.

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@JLAB I have exactly that same issue with keepers. My starting keeper is 29 now and I've got 2 higher potential keepers in the u21's who aren't far behind in terms of CA but they never get to play.

My thinking is to loan both out next season, sit a poorer option on the first team bench but have a recall clause on both in case my main keeper picks up an injury.

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9 minutes ago, officiallydeej said:

@JLAB I have exactly that same issue with keepers. My starting keeper is 29 now and I've got 2 higher potential keepers in the u21's who aren't far behind in terms of CA but they never get to play.

My thinking is to loan both out next season, sit a poorer option on the first team bench but have a recall clause on both in case my main keeper picks up an injury.

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Jep, this is the best thing to do.

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KRC Gent - 2022/23 Season Review

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Proximus League

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Croky Cup - Squad - Finances - Transfers

It was ultimately playoff heartbreak for us against Oostende but what a debut season for us in Belgium's second tier. We flew out of the traps and led the league by 6 points at one stage but in the end Lierse proved too strong and won their last 7 on the bounce to take the title. I carried our attacking football into the playoffs and the gap in quality between the divisions proved too much for us, the 6-3 in the first leg flattered us as we got absolutely mullered. I tightened us up for the second leg and tried to play on the counter but the game ended up a damp squib. That said, I'm delighted with our season on the whole as again we were predicted to finish rock bottom, but ended up an impressive 39 points above  RWDM.

We have an incredible 10 five star potential players in our U18's now and another 2 already in the first team so the future seems really bright and as long as I can hold onto most of them we don't need to rush promotion to the top league. Money is an issue however and we are almost 900k in the red now with no obvious way out without an investor or perhaps one big sale. The core of my first team are all still mid twenties so there is no rush this time to get the youngsters in as I have done on previous saves. I'll be looking to loan out as many of the youth team as possible next season to get them experience and hopefully have another crack at promotion with my original squad.

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Not the best set of personalities but another boat load of potential here. De Sutter and Van Damme will immediately join the first team with the rest going out on loan as soon as they turn pro.

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1 hour ago, officiallydeej said:

Yes, I've had it for a while where in some games one or two of my players will play in an away shirt (but home shorts) whilst the rest of the team is wearing the normal home kit.

When I first saw it and wasn't sure what was going on it looked like one of the other team had run 40 yards trying to score an O.G :lol:

Have you resolved it?  Is there a fix for this?  I get it in every match now

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Just lost one of my best players, but for that fee, I didn't think I could turn it down. He also had a short time left on his contract, so I thought I'd cash in. He was too good for this level really. £170k + 50% of next sale is quite good for a VNN-team, really.

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6 minutes ago, jmonfu said:

Have you resolved it?  Is there a fix for this?  I get it in every match now

No I haven't resolved it, nor am I aware there's a fix until the game next gets patched.

It does seem to improve for a while if I close my game down and reopen it, but that's not really a long term solution.

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nuneaton-borough-badge | Chorley FC

Nuneaton Borough 2026/27 Season review

Competitions

Vanarama National League North- 11th position - League table

FA Cup - lost in 4th qualifying round

FA Trophy - lost in 2nd round

I set an ambitious target of mid-table for this season, otherwise I was considering walking away. To my pleasant surprise the team meet my expectations and even flirted with the playoffs. We were so close to having a great start to the season, drawing three games from winning positions against strong opposition. I was much happier to see us competitive. When these draws turned into wins, we climbed the table, We had a 10 game unbeaten streak that took us up to 7th position at the halfway point of the season. A couple of wins against playoff chasing teams, really gave me hope of success. However it wasn't to be. A horrible 2-0, to 2-4 turn around at the hands of AFC Telford, seemed to shake the teams confidence and our form suffered from then on. We managed to pick up occasional wins, but ultimately come up short. This finish of 11th matches our previous best in the first season. To achieve a best points total and have a positive goal difference for the first time since then is great feeling. I honestly feel we can build on this, so I go into next year with optimism


Playing squad

The core of the squad are all one year older now and seemed to be more consistent. I've put a screenshot below, what we lack in technical ability to make up for in determination and work rate, which is a great thing at this level. 

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Youth Intake

The most disappointing intake yet in terms of quality and personality. I signed the top four and only expect anything from the May and Howard. My HOYD is exceptional for this level and I cannot find a replacement that even compares, but another intake like this and I'll have to make the call. Teams from the League 2 made bids for Howard, so I am optimistic he 

Charlie May (27a) This lad could make it here, I'll use him as an attacking midfield to start off with as he lacks pace.

Finances, Facilities and Transfers

I managed to bully the board into upgrading the junior coaching. I also got our pitch relayed as it was a constant source of mockery in press conferences. We also saw the departure of Ollie Basset at the beginning of the season, he was probably the most talented player we had, but wage demands of £2.5 a week at this level were a joke, so he went on a free transfer.

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5 minutes ago, officiallydeej said:

@XaW Petrik looks really good for a VNN player. Hopefully he hasn't peaked yet and you'll see a decent return on that 50% sell on.

Yeah, I think he could get better and hopefully sell for a decent fee. There were some other teams interested as well, and they bid around £20k, so when I asked for £250k+50% i didn't expect any takers, but Fleetwood negotiated and in the end I don't think I could reject it, really. Almost strange my board didn't jump in.

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34 minutes ago, officiallydeej said:

No I haven't resolved it, nor am I aware there's a fix until the game next gets patched.

It does seem to improve for a while if I close my game down and reopen it, but that's not really a long term solution.

I also had this in last FM2020 so I doubt it will be solved.

Are you using a skin?  I am suspecting its the skin I am using

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1 hour ago, jmonfu said:

I also had this in last FM2020 so I doubt it will be solved.

Are you using a skin?  I am suspecting its the skin I am using

Get this quite a bit in FM20 and again in FM21

It's very random 

Happens in one game and then next game it's fine (don't restart or reboot)

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2 minutes ago, Padders said:

Get this quite a bit in FM20 and again in FM21

It's very random 

Happens in one game and then next game it's fine (don't restart or reboot)

Me every game now!  I am staring to think its my skin. Will try different skins and see if it occurs again.  What skin are you using @Padders

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Aachen 2022/23

Honestly, I don't know what happened to us, we started off so well, but we fell down the rankings as the season went on. 

We ended up in 12th place, our worst ever position in 3. Liga as the media was calling it, ignoring that it's our second season and we had 4 fewer points and were only 1 place lower than last season.

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Transfers

None in and two bits of deadwood left on a free at the beginning of the season. And apparently that contributed to our success, if you can call it that.

Best 11 

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Honestly, Boesen and Srdic carried us this season - although our 2 CBs and Goalkeeper helped out for sure. Srdic scored a lot more than his 7 finishing made me think he would, and assisted a lot less than his passing attributes seem to suggest he might. Can't complain though, a product of our academy (born in Aachen itself I might add, despite his Serbian nationality) is really making his mark.

I already detailed the youth intake in the post above, so for now I'll just show the 2 players that I'm likely to induct into the first team next season:

Maximillian Billing - the young Austrian from the youth intake of 2022. I think he's come on quite nicely, and will be a good back up for both CB and DM. The senior players are still better than him, but I have high hopes for our 6'7 youngster.

Tommaso Dal Fiume - an Italian winger (why are none of our good players actually German?) who was in the same intake as Srdic, i.e. before I arrived. There's nothing particularly special about him, but his ability to play on both wings makes him a nice asset. Hopefully I'll be able to coach some ambition into him too, but I'm not too good at the mentoring game (any tips are welcomed) and I'm not sure I have the players for it.

Not sure why that screen doesn't show their potential (maybe because they're in the Aachen II team?) but they both have 5 star potential currently.

Tactics

Honestly there wasn't much tactical change this year, I mostly stuck with the 4-4-2 Diamond from last year - perhaps that's why we had such a poor second half of the season, the other clubs got wise to it.

When we had no DM, I did move to a flat 4-4-2 but didn't have much luck there either. 

It might have to be back to the drawing board tactically for next year, but with only the players I've got, it's going to be difficult to get them to do anything too different. 

Again, any advice is always welcomed, but I understand you'd probably need more info on the players and also a lot of time to work out somebody else's game.

 

Conclusion

All in all, it's not going badly, it's just not really going anywhere. Doesn't seem to be any new sponsorship as of yet, nor anybody interested in my players (not for actual money anyway), so we'll keep on  going and see if we can find some spark (I'm looking at you Srdic) to propel us forwards! 

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Season 4 (2024-25) at Belenenses.  After losing our best defender and wide player at the end of last season, we managed to survive the whole season without any bids for our top players!

 

We did exceptionally well, miraculously, in the 2nd League.  We finished 6th, only 6 points out of the promotion playoff, when the board only expected us to "avoid a relegation battle". And I'm the one with "low self belief"?1375408709_MatthewHundemann_EndofSeasonReview.thumb.png.60dcafb7f9384b3ccac61b1872d149b0.png

 

We had a player poached by a team 2 divisions down, with worse youth facilities, academy coaching...everything really.  I don't think that should be happening.  I'll have to see if he comes up there what the deal is.  Is he from Leiria or a town closer to there? A HOYD with high determination (if that even effects poaching..)?  Maybe he knew he wouldn't make the cut so he jumped ship to a weaker team? IDK

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Yet another decent intake predicted.  It really does feel pretty easy here in Belem.  Even with our best players being bought, there always seems to be someone waiting in the wings to step up.  Whether that continues when the overall squad is actually rated at the same level as the current division will remain to be seen, however--especially when/if we make it to the top level.

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And the intake.

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Sessegnon looking good, plus yet another keeper.  I think we get a decent keeper prospect with each intake, which is incredibly lucky when I've seen other intakes in this thread! #blessed

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Losing players is part of the challlenge, but it's always dissapointing! The departure of Dezotti was a necessary one and even though I often prefer to have players run out their contract I think the best devision was to sell him now, 12 months before his contract expired.

After the sale of Dezotti this is the first time since the start of the challenge that we have a positive bank balance and even though I hoped to get a bit more out of the transfer a £4,2 million with 50% percentage of profit from next sale was okay! 

Hopefully we can get some good improvements with our cash injection! 

And as you can see, we now have a very creative tactic... A Copa Libertadores finish this year seems very unrealistic... 

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The day after the sale of Dezotti the board accepted to improve our training and youth facilities. Unfortunately the work won't start until after the season, so I hope our finances aren't so bad at that stage that they will cancel the plans! 

 

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On 11/12/2020 at 10:17, Pieyanthikos said:

Thanks, that makes sense. Is it okay to play FM20, or is it too late in this thread?

I am going to start a new FM20 soon and would be interested to know too.  Would be cool to share the journey here if possible - might keep me playing a save for more that 5 seasons!

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On 11/12/2020 at 10:17, Pieyanthikos said:

Thanks, that makes sense. Is it okay to play FM20, or is it too late in this thread?

Sorry, I missed this at the time

6 minutes ago, JAwtunes said:

I am going to start a new FM20 soon and would be interested to know too.  Would be cool to share the journey here if possible - might keep me playing a save for more that 5 seasons!

I've no issue with people using FM20 if they want - just ;et me know if you complete it on 20 so I can put you in right area of Hall of Fame :thup:

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1 minute ago, darren1983 said:

Sorry, I missed this at the time

I've no issue with people using FM20 if they want - just ;et me know if you complete it on 20 so I can put you in right area of Hall of Fame :thup:

I don't think ill be featuring there :)

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