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  1. Played some more of the Southend game and I'm now in Feb 2018 having completed the winter transfer window. Here are the transfers I made which had a lot with trying to raise some money and stop the negative financial balance stacking up: Jordan McGhee and Craig Sibbald (both of Falkirk in the Scottish second tier) were signed as we needed some younger quality in the team that wasn't on loan. A bit steep at £180k for two guys whose contracts were up in six months but I wanted to ensure they didn't sign for anyone else and the fee for 2nd choice goalie Mark Oxley covered that alone. The departure of Oxley for £180k was the reason we brought in two keepers on loan with Beeney and Renshaw joining. Sam Byrne came in as Sam Smith wanted to have his loan terminated due to lack of game time. Byrne hasn't been impressive so far so might also want to leave! Some decent players left but none that I'd be too gutted to lose as they weren't starting for us. £570k brought in Jan is quite decent and makes our financial situation better. The results so far have been decent and leave us in the playoff places with 12 league games to go. Still a lot of work to do however: As you can see our away form is quite shaky but we are quite consistent at home. Hopefully we can maintain or increase that 2 point gap we have over the nearest playoff chasers. Our cup results are quite disappointing and the home defeat to MK Dons in a winnable competition was frustrating. However it makes the schedule less hectic which could hopefully make a difference in the league run in: The surprise of the season has been Freddie Ladapo who is really excelling in a TM-S role in a front two. My scouts don't rate him that highly and he's technically not great but he's currently joint top goalscorer in the league. His stats speak for themselves and it's so true that physical stats are really what matters at this level:
  2. From what I can see the prize money is only £10k+ and only if you finish 1st or 2nd in the league so can't rely on that. I might sell Simon Cox in Jan as his contract expires at the end of the season and currently I can't get him to sign a new one. Valued at £950k and also 30 so he has resell value that will decline.
  3. Started a save with Southend United in League One. Not the easiest save considering that the expectation is to finish in the top half but our midtable budget is being wasted on rubbish like Marc-Antoine Fortune! However there was still a fairly sizable £4k left in the wage budget and I've actually managed to increase that gap as I'll explain later. Facilities are decent for the league and a fairly high average attendance with still room to grow means that prospects are promising in the longer term. The club has huge injury issues to start with and particularly in defence as the following players are all out with long term injuries: Anthony Wordsworth - CM Ben Coker - LB Michael Turner - CB Rob Kiernan - CB There were also another couple or so out for the mid-term meaning that despite quite a large squad it would be hard for us to field an adequate first 11 let alone a squad that could cope with the gruelling fixture list of League One. Priority was the defensive positions and the wings. Particularly LB, CB and LM so I entered the market to try and get players in those positions. However we missed out on quite a few free transfer targets and our £50k transfer budget did not give us many extra options so we fully utilised the loan market. Transfers I cancelled the loan of Spurs youngster Shayon Harrison which saved us £1k p/w in wages but more importantly allowed us to loan in more players with Sam Mantom being the only other loanee in the squad. Potentially a mistake made here as we are still low on numbers on the wing. I also received an offer of £55k upfront for right winger Jermaine McGlashan. At 29 with a £2k p/w compensation and only being backup to Michael Kightly I decided to let him go. This boosted the bank balance and gave us 55% of the fee into our transfer budget but meant we were even weaker on the wings. We brought in a number of players on loan to add to the squad: Sam Field came in on a season long loan and will be a starter for us in centre midfield. This one was a big coup as Championship sides were interested in getting him and he'll be a quality player for this division. Gillesphey was in brought in from Newcastle as our only CB signing and comes straight into the side alongside Anton Ferdinand. Myles Kenlock was brought in as well and will be a starter for us at left-back especially since our best LB Ben Coker is out with a long term injury. Bjordal, Smith and James were all brought in and have backups to our starting 11 to provide depth on the wings and upfront where we were lacking. Results Decent enough so far this season and we don't lose many games however we are having big issues keeping clean sheets which has meant we have had far more draws than we really should have. Our next game is an Essex derby at home to Colchester in the Checkatrade cup where a draw should be enough to see us through to the next round. League Table Definitely in with a shout of a playoff place but got quite a lot of work to do being 4 points off! Strong sides like Blackburn being in good form and just behind us makes me nervous as well. I'd be happy with a top 9/10 finish this season and make a proper promotion push next season when I can offload most of the deadwood and replace it with quality. Also is anyone else having huge issues with finances? Haven't increased the wage bill at all and brought in £305k in player sales and player clauses with quite strong attendances. How do I stop leaking money?
  4. If I have Jhon Arango coming in on the 1st of July 2016 does that count as a first season signing or a second season signing? Just trying to figure out if I can sign another non-EU player.
  5. Club: Atalanta Transfer Budget: £5m Wage Budget: £25k p/w at most is what I can pay him Position: DC With: No less than 12 Pac/Acc and good in the air Other: Must be EU National or play in Serie A Season: Jan 2016 Doesn't need to be young player
  6. I sold Ziv for £47m to Monaco actually. Replaced him with Felipe Anderson for £19m. For some reason Ebanks has actually been really good for me. He was first choice for the Championship season and played a lot of games for me in the Prem. Got Eric Dier in now though as Hause got snapped up by Palace. So Price was really solid for you then? For some reason he never did it for me and McDonald is undroppable. I looked at Balic but ended up getting Wilshere instead. Seems like he is mainly worth it when he is cheaper rather than the £20m+ I would have had to pay.
  7. What do you think of these regens? Who is better? And what individual training should I give them? Got them both on quickness training at the moment.
  8. Well Ziv is worth £29.5m and has a buyout clause for clubs in the Champions League for £22m! While Sane is worth £22m and has a minimum release clause of £37m. So its more important that I get Ziv to sign a new contract however he might after I make some signings etc. No clubs are interested yet so perhaps I can get away with it for half a season or so. Yeah, I've signed some youngsters and going to allocate budget for more. I've still got Batth, Hause, Coady, Ikeme and Ebanks-Landell who are homegrown. Iorfa and Hause is my centre back partnership with Ebanks-Landell next choice and Batth 4th choice. That will be an area to improve but I do like the English and Homegrown nature of the defence. That is a crazy price! Especially since his contract didn't have long to run. I only got £2.5m plus I had to pay some of his wages and he had longer to run on his contract. You've certainly outdone me there. You signed Balic right?
  9. Yeah, I got Jenkinson and he had a good season for me. First choice most of the time with Iorfa sometimes getting a game at RB rather than CB. Byram was about £10m which was a bit too much.
  10. Strangely enough Golbourne got a 7.84 average rating for me although he only played 8(7) league games. I got Ikeme to sign a new contract as he took a pay cut and is homegrown backup.
  11. Finished 2nd first season in the Prem. Got Lozano and Praet coming in on bosmans. Got a £41m transfer budget for next season and got Rulli to sign a new contract. Zivkovic and Sane won't sign new contracts though.
  12. To finish the transfer business for my season I got Carl Jenkinson for £3.9m, Leroy Sane for £11m and Jetro Willems for £5.25m. I might get Mason on loan for cover. This is my squad now: GK - Rulli / Ikeme DR - Iorfa / Jenkinson DC - Batth / Iorfa DC - Hause / Ebanks-Landell DL - Willems / Golbourne MC - Coady / Morsy MC - McDonald / Cabral AMR - Zivkovic / Nicholson AMC - Olsson / Edwards AML - Sane / Carlos Lazo ST - Afobe / Clough / Cummings
  13. Yeah I'm going with completely new wingers and getting better squad players. The starting line up won't change too much. Doherty was the only one I could sell for very much at all. Who did you sign? That sounds great. I can't wait to try and get the stadium expanded and improve the facilities. Missed out on Sven Bender, Kyle Walker and Demarai Gray due to the disruption though. How much did you get second season in the Prem?
  14. He's not in my game. Top four first season is crazy good though! Who is better out of those two? I can post pictures of their stats soon. His contract run out at the end of the season. He must have signed a new one in your game. I got Andrija Zivkovic on a free as well.
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