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  1. I've recently finished my first season with the Dons, and consider it highly successful - a league cup win (beating Celtic 1-0 in the final - Hayes with a 30-yarder!) and agonisingly losing the league Finished 2nd after taking Celtic to the final day of the season - unfortunately the last game of the year was at Parkhead and i lost when needing a win for the title. Remarkably, Hearts were only 2 points behind me as well and it had been a proper 3-way scrap all season long. Formation has been a 5-3-2 with wingbacks, following the template of Mr Hough in the tactics forum. Very successful tactic. 2 main signings at the start of the 1st season - Luigi Bruins who won player of the year playing the AMC role, and a young forward from Finland who finished top goalscorer in the league Ryan Jack had an excellent season alternating between wing back and centre mid, and Shaughnessy proved very steady. Typical team was: Langfield Anderson-Shaughnessy-Considine Jack-Naismith Osbourne-Rae Bruins Vernon-Finnish bloke whose name I have forgotten I re-signed Fraser but am trying to turn him into a wingback so he didn't play much. Thought I was getting Craig Gordon in January for around 1k a week, then Bristol came in and offered him 8k a week I sold Fallon to Hibs and they played him all year and got relegated. Also sold Jason Brown and Rob Milsom early on but not for much cash. Money was a real issue in the second half of the season - I was never over my wage budget, but we were losing around 200-300k every month. The board injected cash in both March and April to "help with the running costs". The prize money received at the end of the year has put us back in the black, but the outlook came up saying finances were expected to worsen in the coming months. Think i'm going to need some decent Europa monies in the coming year! I was frustrated in the January transfer window as I couldn't sell any players I wanted to get rid of - Rae/Hughes/Naismith/McGinn/Hayes - but picked up a couple of improved wingbacks on the cheap. Going to have to do some bargain bin searching in the summer, but lots of contracts expriing so should have some wages to spend. Overall, I think the tactic I pinched from the forum made a big difference as a lot of the players still look very average on paper.
  2. Delighted that Scotland got a starlet. A forward would have been nice, but i'll settle for a left back. I'd be interested to see how the starlets compare in terms of CA/PA to other top players with the same nationality i.e. for the Scottish left back - how far is he from already being the 1st choice for the national team? And how much is higher is his PA than the 2nd highest player available for Scotland? I assume all the starlets assigned to the real minnows will already be streets ahead of any of their countrymen and will remain so for the next 20 years, but still would be interesting.
  3. Just posted elsewhere on the forums about the success of this tactic. Used it for Aberdeen in Scotland all through the first season and won a league/cup double. Considering the mediocre nature of the players at my disposal, this was a spectacular success. Was a bit likely to lose goals when playing either Rangers or Celtic, but scored heaps against all the smaller sides. Well done!
  4. Not much of a poster on these forums, but wanted to highlight a dramatic shift in my fortunes as Dons boss (Apologies for a lack of screenshots, i'm at work). Normally i'm not very good at Football Manager (haven't been for a while). I can usually work my way up to a comfortable 3rd spot with the Dons, but struggle to win titles. This year I seemed to have gotten even worse, as I was struggling to find any form with the most recent version of the game. As such, I turned to the Tactics sharing area of this forum to try and find a miracle cure. Did I ever!!! Mr Hough rolls back the Years FM12 - 4-1-2-3 First season in charge, only made 3 noticable signings - David Barron from St Mirren to play right back, a scandinavian goalie and Ahmed Soukouna up front (he's been a favourite of mine for a few years now). Results - I won the league and scottish cup Won the league by about 4-points in a pretty close race with both of the old firm in the mix, and beat Motherwell 6-2 after extra time to win the cup. Second season has been even better. Top of the league and clear by 8 points, and into the knock-out stages of the champions league where i'm playing Spurs (finished second in the group behind Chelsea, who I managed to beat 2-1 at Pittodrie). I'm quite astonished by it all as i've never really seen a formation make such a difference before. Soukouna has turned into an absolute monster with 30+ goals before xmas in the 2nd year. So if anyone else out there is struggling, i'd suggest taking a trip to the tactics forum