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Everton FC 6 Year Challenge
 

So Dom and I have decided to embark on a FM21 Touch challenge.

Everton is our club of choice, up to the 2026 World Cup.

The loser will be treating the winner to a meal at Bodeans.

We will be using a points scoring system to determine the winner which is shown below:

Champions League win: 100 points
Top division win: 75 points
Europa League win: 50 points
Domestic Cup win: 25 points
Top four finish: 25 points
Super Cup win (European): 15 points
Club World Cup win: 15 points
League Cup win: 15 points
Finish above Liverpool: 10 points
Do the double over Liverpool: 10 points
Win a Merseyside derby (League only): 5 points


Manager of the season: 50 points
Manager of the Month: 20 points

Player of the season: 10 points
Top scorer (League only): 10 points
World player of the year: 25 points
European Top scorer: 25 points


Get sacked: -100 points (If we get sacked, we will continue with a new club)

Should be great fun and will be interesting to see how we both approach things. We’ll post our end of season reviews each season to compare how we’re both doing in addition to an update each season on our points system scores.

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Enjoying this challenge so far. Just entered December and currently sitting 4th on a five-game winning run and DCL is top goalscorer. Managed to sell off some off the players I didn't want (Besic, Siguardsson and King) and brought in Buendia, Ramsey (loan) and Dack (loan). Missed out on Silas Wamangituka due to fund issues, but going to go back in for him in January, as in desperate need of a back up. Shame I can't recall Moise Kean, but we roll on.

 

4-2-3-1 worked well for me so far, using the gegenpress. Early crosses into the box have proved fruitful, DCL loving life at the moment. Andre Gomes unhappy Ramsey starts ahead of him, but he's yet to perform whereas Ramsey's been very good for me. Allan also proving his worth. Buendia currently my highest rated performances, so the £33m over three years I've shelled out looking like a steal at the moment. Still some concerns at the back, but Keane just returned from injury so hopefully he'll be a good addition back in. 

 

Aaron on the other hand, is not doing so well...:onmehead:

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I’m beginning to question my ability as a football manager?

14 games I lasted I think it was before the Everton board decided bottom of the league was not good enough, I can’t imagine why.

I lost count the amount of games I was leading and conceded late goals to throw away a win or a draw, conceded a crazy amount of goals. Switched between 4231 and 442, apparently neither worked. Tried to play out from the back and play on the counter but just didn’t work at all. Did nothing in the transfer market as the budget was rubbish. My standout player was probably Sigurdsson, he was brilliant for me, Richarlison and DCL were scoring which was great but we couldn’t keep them out at the other end. Holding out for a prem job now to try and repair the damage done with my -100 points for getting sacked.

Going to take a long hard look at myself and look at what’s going wrong with my tactics, otherwise another -100 will be coming my way very soon into my new job.

Won’t be much of an Everton challenge for me anymore, but let’s see where I land and what I can or most likely can’t do haha.

So happy to hear you’re doing well Dom. 🤦🏽‍♂️

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Season 1 Review

Nothing to show for my season review after my poor showing with the Toffees. Held out for a premier league job offer which didn’t come until the summer, was offered a few jobs, Leeds and Palace wanted me as did Chelsea and their £140 million budget haha, however I asked for too much money for some reason (as if I was ever gonna see that money on a football simulation game haha). Anyway I found myself at the King Power Stadium one day before the start of the new season.

We’re a handful of games in and it’s been an indifferent start, got three big name signings in, Moussa Dembele, Donyell Malen and Edson Alvarez. Playing 4231 as I did at Everton but made some tweaks to the style of play, still shipping some goals but scoring plenty so will try and tweak and tighten things up if I can and hopefully we’ll do well.

Current points total:

Sacking: -100 points

Total: -100 points

Got some work to do, come on you foxes!

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My season 1 review

Unlike my rival Aaron, I did survive the season, and took Everton into the Euro Cup. We mounted a title challenge briefly, following a nine-game winning streak, including a 6-2 thumping of City, but inconsistency crept in from February. Transfer business done in January included signing Edouard from Celtic, and Guido Pizzaro who is due to join on a free in the summer. Disappointed with my cup performances, so something to build on for next season. 

DCL smashed the scoring charts getting 31 in the Premier League meaning he finished as top scorer gaining me +10 points. Buendia amassed over 15 assists so was easily my best summer signing.

Squad still needs some fine tuning moving into next season and have a bigger budget to work with. No doubt teams will come in for Calvert-Lewin so persuading him to stay could be difficult, a big contract and fee release clause might be the way to go.

 

As things stand

Dominiho is on 10 points

Alvin14 is on -100 points 

 

I can smell that Bodeans already haha

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Sacked again midway through season two, showed signs of life but it wasn’t enough. I’ve now got the West Ham job  and I’ve set myself a four year plan which is as follows:

Season 1: Europa League Qualification, Prioritise League/FA Cup Success.

Season 2: Europa League Qualification, Prioritise League/FA Cup Success.

Season 3: Champions League Qualification, Top 4.

Season 4: Win the league (Got to dream big after the two sackings haha)

Haven’t included this season as they only want me to stay so hopefully I can manage that and then the four year plan begins. I’ll do a full update at the end of the season on Leicester and West Ham.

I am determined to stop this FM rot and will try and make this challenge a challenge.

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On 09/04/2021 at 11:28, gcoard said:

I feel this very, very deep in my soul

Haha nice to know someone else is feeling my pain too. I don’t feel so lonely now.

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Season Two Review

So as we know I was sacked once again, this time by Leicester.

I tried playing the same 4231 I did at Everton with a few tweaks, we had some good results but every time we took a step forward we then took two back. I bought Moussa Dembele, Donyel Malen and Edson Alvarez but to be honest I never knew my best team and I think this played a part in the poor form and lack of consistency.

So off I went and West Ham came calling, I have a soft spot for West Ham and love me some Declan Rice so didn’t hesitate in taking the job. I arrived with West Ham in 17th with the task of keeping them up.

I brought in Nathan Ake for 9 million in January which I thought was a bargain to solidify things at the back. Decided to go with a 433 playing on the counter and of course Declan Rice anchoring the midfield alongside Hourihane and Soucek. Won only one of my first 8 games and the board were losing faith already. So decided to change things up a little and play on the front foot a bit more, also set myself a target of 10+ points in the final 6 games which I was sure would see us survive and be able to attack the mighty four year plan.

We achieved exactly 10+ points and stayed up with a game to spare. Very happy with that and can hopefully build on this and have a good go and aim for European qualification next season. Nmecha was a huge part of us staying up and we did try to keep hold of him after his successful loan spell, but more on that in the season three update haha.

Miles behind in the points scoring against Dom but let’s see how we can do with my newly beloved Hammers.

 

Come on you IRONS!!

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Dominiho's season two review 

So going into Season two on 10 points, the need to progress was evident.

Firstly a few summer signings to help sure up my defence and a new CM to replace Aaron Ramsey who I had on loan. I brought in Milenkovic from Fiorentina, Guido Pizarro from Tigres and, as a back-up to Buendia, Marcus Edwards from Vit Guimaraes. My loan signings included a Ross Barkley return. I also made sure to 'buy for the future' so deals were made for both Ajax's Antony and AZ Alkmaar's Myron Boadu and as part of the deal I loaned them back to their respective clubs for the season. Out of the door went Michael Keane, Gbamin and Bernard as they all left the club.  Harry Winks joined me in January, whilst Cenk Tosun and Seamus Coleman departed.

A good season all in all, as I mounted a title challenge and was top until the end of January, before being brought back down to earth and lost seven games on the bounce included five Premier League games, and a shocking 7-0 whopping by Liverpool. February was not a month of love. During this hideous run, my Carabao Cup dreams were dashed in the final, again by my Merseyside neighbours. Recovery ensued and I managed to steady the ship and stay firmly in the top four. So a fourth place finish and Champions League qualification, and despite a treacherous February, the board are delighted with me. DCL finished top scorer for the league again and I claimed the Manager of the Year award. 

Some massive points gained on the leaderboard, as I now sit on 110 thanks to this season's performance.

Merseyside derby win - 5 points

Manager of the Month March - 10 points

Manager of the Year - 50 points

League top scorer - DCL - 10 points

Top four finish - 25 points

 

So moving in season three, I've got Antony and Boadu joining the club, alongside new signings Max Aaron and Manuel Locatelli. 

 

Points update

Dominiho  110 points

Alvin14  -200 points

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So another season down and just to start I realised you get 20 points for Manager of the Month not 10 - so my score going into this season should have been 120.

Dominiho's Season three review

Trust in the process... still no silverware, but progress made.

Another good season for the Toffees, with plenty of progress made, February again proving to be the sticking point, but a third place finish, mere points away from a title, and strong UCL run.

Started with a bang and DCL absolutely smashing the the goals in. He had seven goals from the first two league games! I don't think we were out the top three all season, and following 11 games won on the bounce I entered January joint points with Liverpool at the top of the league. I won my UCL group that included PSG, Roma and Besiktas before knocking Atleti out in the last 16. A thumping by City followed as I bowed out in the quarter-finals. Carabao Cup and FA Cups were both disappointments and ones I need to try and win in my next season.

Aarons, Antony and Boadu all proved vital to my success this past season. Aarons bagged 18 assists, however Jarrad Branthwaite won the young player of the year award. Oddly Alex Meret, my back-up keeper won signing of the season.

DCL finished prem top scorer with 40 goals! yes 40 goals and in doing so won the European Golden Boot.

I secured two Manager of the Month awards and for the second year running was named Manager of the Year.

So to add to my already impressive 120 points

 

Manager of the Month x 2- 40 points

Manager of the Year - 50 points

League top scorer - DCL - 10 points

European Top scorer - DCL - 25 points

Top four finish - 25 points

So my current total is 270 points.

 

On to season four... Real have signed Boadu for £100million, but I managed to get him back on loan for a year, Godfrey has gone to Arsenal. My signings include Declan Rice, Mikael Cuissance and Tanguy Nianzou.

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I've actually been inspired by this thread.  As an Everton supporter, I always try to play as them... and have had no success with them.  This time, however, I tried on FMT and have been really enjoying it.  So I started my own save.
Transfers In:

Buendia, Edouard, Nuno Mendes.  Buendia was a stud!  Mendes will be solid if we lose Digne.
Transfers Out:

Bernard, King, Gomes, Besic.  Wasn't going to play any of them.

Season Results:

After City collapsed down the stretch, we somehow finished... Second??!?!?

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May went really well for us - we even beat Liverpool!

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James won Player of the Season and I won Manager of the Season!
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Like I said, it's been a lot of fun!  (I think that would be worth 90 points!)  Anyway, fun thread and a nice competition between you two!

PS - Dom, take screenshots lol

Edit: A few days later and I won Manager of the Month for May!

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