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  1. Solid start, good luck in beating the drop.
  2. Great going so far hopefully you can maintain it.
  3. 2012/13 Season Preview Board Expectations League - Top half finish FA Cup - 1st Round My Expectations League - Playoffs - I want to at least match last years 5th place. FA Cup - 2nd Round - If we enter in the 1st which I'm expecting then I want to try and make it to round 2. Obviously how easy that is will depend on the draw. Media Prediction League - 8th - Higher than last year's prediction but the media think we will miss out on the playoffs. Upgrades Both the training and youth facilities are being upgraded with a completion date of 6 Jan 2013. Hopefully our incoming crop of youngsters at the end of this season will be a bit better. Transfers The priority was to get in a couple of strikers that could actually score whilst also adding some quality to the centre of midfield. I'm happy with our signings so far and the squad is definitely better than it was last year. Matt Tubbs was the big money signing from Bournemouth whilst Clinton Morrison should add experience to the line up. Tom Bradshaw meanwhile was resigned on loan from Shrewsbury. In the centre of midfield I was busy with former Swindon man Alan McCormack arriving alongside Francesco Marano and Jake Nicholson. In goal Giannis Siderakis is a good upgrade and will hopefully help us tighten up at the back. I'm still working on a couple of deals that will further improve the squad before the transfer deadline. Other News The board offered me a new 2 year deal worth £1,500 p/w which I signed. My aim is 2 more years here to get us out of the division if I haven't got us promoted by then I may move on.
  4. 2011/12 Season Review Final League Table Results 1 Results 2 Results 3 A really good season overall. After being predicted to finish mid table we started the season well and then after a blip in the middle recovered to make the playoffs. Dissapointed to go out to Thun as I felt we could and should have got past them and at least made the semi finals. Overall though I can't complain with how the season went. Squad A good effort from the squad. Gavin Peers and Jason McGuiness at centre back both played well and both got into double figures with goals. Joseph Ndo played really well in the role just behind the striker and helped out with 13 goals in 36 games. Up front loanee Tom Bradshaw was our top scorer with 16 goals the rest of our strikers were quite frankly woeful though. What next? It's going to be difficult for us to improve. We need to bring in a few players to take us to the next level. With the playoffs so tricky we really need to try and win the league but given our resources in comparison to other teams we are always going to have a battle on our hands to do that. All the semi-pro teams have now turned professional and the only change to the division is LASK Linz replacing promoted St Mirren. European Super League Man Utd lifted the title by 2 points finishing ahead of Real Madrid to lift the trophy. Lille and Ajax finished in the bottom 2 to be relegated whilst Benfica went down after a 2-1 playoff defeat to Arsenal. Around the Leagues Lazio were promoted to the ESL as 1st division champions with Valencia also promoted after finishing 2nd. Napoli won the playoffs to also be promoted. At the other end of the table Braga had already gone and they were followed by Sevilla and HSV. Meanwhile Shakther Soligorsk lost their final game leaving them on 109 points. Sivasspor took advantage winning their final game to join them and share the points trophy. FA Cup Tottenham lifted the 1st European FA Cup beating Napoli 2-1 in the final after extra time with David Bentley netting the winning goal from the spot in the 96th minute.
  5. 2011/12 Update 4 The Final Day The final day of the season saw us head to Cliftonville knowing even a win may not be good enough. We had to win and win well to avoid being potentially overtaken by 6th placed Inverness. Timeline 2 Mins - Joseph Ndo scores to give us the perfect start we lead 1-0 17 Mins - Jason McGuiness nods in an Ndo corner, 2-0 to Sligo and the Bit O Red are jumping 20 Mins - Liam Boyce pulls 1 back for the hosts, 1 more goal for them and 1 for Inverness and suddenly we are in trouble 30 Mins - Pascal Millien drives home our 3rd of the game to settle the nerves 34 Mins - Inverness take the lead suddenly we are 4th and Dunfermline are on the outside looking in 36 Mins - Almost immediately Dunfermline are back in as they take the lead against Dundee 43 Mins - The suddenly free scoring Jason McGuiness heads in his 2nd to give the centre back 9 for the season 47 Mins - Any nerves are gone McGuiness completes a remarkable hat trick we lead 5-1 72 Mins - Dunfermline grab a 2nd only an Inverness avalanche of goals will deny either of us now 80 Mins - Dunfermline make it 3-0 and wrap up 4th place 87 Mins - Inverness go 2 up but it's far to little to late Playoffs So we end the season in 5th place and qualify for the end of season playoffs. These are though not like any playoffs 64 teams start from the various groups and 8 get promoted. 3 games stand between us and promotion to the 10th tier. We get a home draw in the Quarter Final against Swiss side FC Thun. They finished 2nd in Group E 5 points behind winners Dusseldorf. Sligo Vs Thun In the end despite having the better chances and more shots we fall short as Thun score the only goal of the game to end our season.
  6. 2011/12 Update 3 Results League Table A good run of results in this part of the season sees us with the playoffs within touching distance. Only defeats in 2012 so far have really helped us push on. We started this period of the season with a 3-1 win at lowly TNS. 8 points from the next 4 games saw us climb back into the top 5 before a dissapointing 2-0 loss at Kilmarnock. Two good wins 4-0 and 2-0 over Livingston and Shelbourne helped us out though. We then beat Waterford 3-1 at home before winning 3-0 at Dundalk. A close 1-0 defeat at champions St Mirren saw us again drop out of the top 5 before we demolished Dundee on the road. A 1-1 draw at home to fellow playoff hopefuls Dunfermline set up a nervy last day. Ourselves Dunfermline and Inverness all on 85 points with just 5 goals seperating us. Last day games Cliftonville Vs Sligo Rovers Dunfermline Vs Dundee Inverness Vs Waterford European Super League With 3 games to play Man Utd lead Barcelona by 5 points with Real Madrid a further 3 points back. At the bottom Arsenal have finally put some form together and got out of the bottom 2. The bottom 4 though are seperated by just 3 points with Ajax looking in most trouble having played a game more than anyone else. The final game of the season could also be interesting here, fixtures include: Arsenal Vs Lille Ajax Vs Porto Around the Leagues In the 1st Division Lazio sit 4 points clear of PSG and are 5 ahead of 3rd placed Napoli with just 3 games to go. Braga meanwhile are already relegated. Replacing them Malaga have already been promoted from the 2nd Division with CSKA Moscow looking good to follow them up. At the other end Feyenoord are are already down whilst Fenerbahce are odds on to be in the 3rd Division next season. In the 8th Division Group A Tre Flori have just 2 points from 29 games the same as Group B bottom side Bangor. Meanwhile in the race for most points 10th Division Group L side Shakther Soligorsk are back on top with 109 points, 17 clear of 2nd placed Torpedo Zhodino. In group J Kuban are on 108 23 clear of Volga NN while in Group I the only other side that can catch Soligorsk are Sivasspor who have 106 points but yet are still not promoted, sitting just 3 ahead of Mersin I.Y. FA Cup The Fa Cup final will see Tottenham and Napoli face off in the final.
  7. Dissapointing to see you went down but looking forward to see where you end up next.
  8. Decent improvement this season. Hopefully the European draw is kind to you.
  9. The good thing is at least you're not adrift of those above you yet. If you can pick up 2 or 3 decent results suddenly you will be out of the drop zone.
  10. Bad start but hopefully things improve and you can beat the drop again.
  11. 2011/12 Update 2 Results League Table An inconsistent 2nd part of the season. We started well enough getting a 2-2 draw at Hamilton before beating Shelbourne 3-2. We then suffered a really dissapointing 2-0 defeat at home to Dundalk. Fortunately we followed that up with 2 wins on the bounce against Waterford and Dundee before 3 poor losses in a row saw us drop out of the playoff places. The 2nd half of the season started well enough as we grabbed 4 points from home games against Derry and Partick before we lost at Inverness. 7 points from the next 3 games including our performance of the season so far as we won 4-1 at St Johnstone saw us climb back into the top 5. Next up we staged a fantastic comeback as we came from 2 down against Ross County with just 10 men to rescue a point. We ended this part of the season with another come from behind win coming back from 2-1 down to win 3-2 at Portadown. That win leaves us in 6th place with 15 games to go and with a playoff place still a possibility. European Super League With 12 games to go Real Madrid have opened up a 2 point lead on Man Utd. Barcelona and Chelsea lead the chasing pack whilst early front runners Juventus have dropped right off the pace. Arsenal and Lille are still in trouble and both 4 points away from safety. Atletico Madrid, Porto, Ajax and Dortmund meanwhile are currently in the relegation playoffs. Around the Leagues In the 1st division Italian sides Lazio and Napoli lead the way for promotion and currently sit 4 points clear of Lyon and Valencia. At the bottom of the table Braga are doomed with just 4 points so far from their 22 games. In the 2nd division Malaga and Palermo look good to make it to the 2nd tier both 7 points clear of 3rd place. Down the leagues and in the 7th division Rosenborg also have a 7 point lead. In the 8th division Group A Tre Flori are almost down already with just 2 points from 21 games whilst Welsh outfit Bangor have just 1 from 20 in Group B. Currently leading the points race is 10th division Group J team Kuban who with 76 points sit a massive 18 clear and have a game in hand over nearest rivals Obolon. FA Cup In the FA Cup the big sides entered in round 6 but there were a number of surprises. Juventus were beaten at home by Nottingham Forest 2-1 whilst PSG were thumped 4-1 in Paris by Austria Wien. Current ESL leaders Real Madrid also crashed out going down to a 2-1 defeat at Hoffenheim. In round 7 (last 32) the highlights include Lyon Vs Lazio, Ajax Vs Tottenham, Zenit Vs Stuttgart and Wolfsburg Vs Barcelona. The lowest ranked side and only bottom tier team left in the competition meanwhile are 10th division Group G outfit AEL Limassol.
  12. To be honest I don't know yet. I simmed through 4 seasons on the first version of the game I ran but that was really just checking for bugs. This is the first actual game i'm playing so at present I can only speak for Sligo. On average at present we are making a profit of around £40,000 a month. No one has gone into administration yet though
  13. Nice improvement there and a great way to end qualifying with Ghana.
  14. Interested to see how you progress with Michalovce remember managing them for a couple of years in a save in FM11
  15. Basically in the top division I selected the winners from the bigger leagues in Europe and then selected the next richest clubs and sides with most European points. I figured if it were to ever happen that would be the most realistic basis on which it would be formed. I continued down through the divisions looking at wealth and current points. Then when I got to the 8th division I looked at those sides that should be in Europe (especially the Champions League) this season but were from not very good leagues. The 9th division was a regional split and then 10th division an even bigger regional split. Hence the division Sligo are in only has Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish and Irish teams in it. The 1 flaw in the structure is that it was far to much work to add in every teams regional league they should enter. Therefore there is no guarantee if Sligo were to ever be promoted they would end up in a league with sides from western Europe. They could just as likely suddenly find themselves playing against Ukranian and Russian sides every week.