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  1. Season 2025/26 Review - Serie B League - much improved this year, we had a few poor runs mixed in with some great runs. 6th is about right in that we're better than most sides but not good enough to really trouble to top sides just yet, maybe a season or 2 away from a proper promotion push. Saying that though had in not been for a poor run in (only 1 win in 7 though we did play the sides that finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in that run) we could have finished much higher. The flip side is that our total of 60 points would have struggled to break top 8 in previous seasons so maybe it was just a weak league this year. In the playoffs Empoli smashed us 5-2 as we had 3 of our back 4 suspended and we fell apart. Cup - won first round before Empoli (them again) knocked us out in extra time Transfers - the sale of Foti YP01D before the season started to Empoli (who else?) was one I couldn't protest. He was our best CB but with a value of 250K I asked for 2m to scare people off - it didn't work but we needed the sale Finances - you can see why we needed that sale Squad - getting a bit bloated now. I need to be more ruthless when handing out contracts and not just keep people as cover and squad depth. I plan a clearout this summer if I can Youth Intake - was promised a "Golden Generation" so of course I was left letdown. It's a decent intake but nothing amazing Giancarlo Anselmo YP06A - A proper DM, I've been playing creative players in the DM role so far but I do prefer a defensive player there. Might also use him as a CB but his height is a worry Gerry Tomaselli YP06B - another GK to add to our list (odd name for an Italian though ) Domenico Mariotti YP06C - another DM, nice to have 2 players here so I can see how they develop and see who is best fit for us long term Riccardo Dini YP06D - a decent looking CM Career Overview Year League Position Youth Coaching Youth Recruitment Notes 2020/21 Serie C 9th Adequate Adequate Lost in 1st round of playoffs 2021/22 Serie C 5th Adequate Adequate Lost in 3rd round of playoffs, got 1st coaching badge, won manager of the season 2022/23 Serie C 3rd Adequate Adequate Promotion through playoffs, 2nd coaching badge, manager of the year again 2023/24 Serie B 14th Adequate Adequate 2024/25 Serie B 12th Good Good 3rd coaching badge and youth coaching/recruitment upgrades 2025/26 Serie B 6th Excellent Excellent Lost first round of playoffs, youth coaching/recruitment upgrades
  2. So due to real life stuff over the holiday period I'd not touched my Palermo save for over 2 weeks, loaded up the game last night and actually started a new save as I didn't feel the draw to return to Palermo, after a couple hours I got bored and fired up Palermo and straight away remembered why I was enjoying the save. Got some spare time now and I'm back. Can't escape this challenge
  3. Ah cheers, it's one of those hangovers from previous threads, I thought I'd got rid of them, will change it now
  4. Hmm good question. I think using them for mentoring goes against the spirit of the challenge, but as they have been forced on the player then this is probably an OK use of them but to have any real impact they have to be high up the hierarchy of the squad which comes from playing time right? So not sure what benefit using them would be if they're not playing. Personally I think just sticking them in the reserves and on the transfer list is best but I won't stop people trying to get some use from players they're forced to have (aside from actually playing them obviously)
  5. Palermo Season 2024/25 Review Serie B League - not sure where to start here. Progress I guess. Higher finish than last season, scored more and conceded less which all points to progress being made. Over the summer I rebuilt our tactics, keeping same shape that we used last year but changed style and roles to suit us and we started the season great, after 14 games we were 4th and flying, then we played Genoa away. 2-0 up with 10 to go and we ended up drawing 2-2 with their 2nd coming with the last kick of the game. For some reason this rocked us and we then went 7 games without a win or even a goal. We had won 8 games before that but only won 6 more in the rest of the season as we went on long runs without even scoring. A Jan sale also rocked us as we needed to change the style as a result. Was a breakout season for Giovanni Elia YP03A with 19 goals (15 in league) but he also would go on long runs without scoring then would score 2 or 3 in a game before going on another 5 or 6 without a goal. Like I say, it was a strange season Cup - the test for new system started here. A good first win then a very narrow loss away to Serie A side Atalanta with them breaking our hearts in the final seconds of the game. These games gave me confidence going into the season though Transfers - The big sale, in the first half of the season Germano Montepiano was the best player in the league and was running games as our Regista, in Jan league leaders Sassuolo came in for him bidding 4m, I pushed my luck by asking for 6m and they came back with that offer and the board accepted (as well they should have) the sale hurt us as we just couldn't replace him but did mean we were finally able to get some upgrades. The rest of the outs were young players on loan to the league bellow Squad - Monepaino is still a big loss and have already mentioned Elia's breakout, aside from them though the squad is doing ok, having a young keeper (18) means we get games where everything goes in and the inconsistency that comes from having a young team means lots of ups and downs. Towards the end of the season I started to give runouts to fringe players to see if they were going to be worth keeping. No one really inpressed Finances - can see how much that 6m was needed really. Would have been in serious trouble without it Youth Intake - another good one with several tagged and singed Davide Stefanelli YP05A - looks like could be an decent Serie B CB. We do need players of Serie A quality to get up though I think Marco Giannotti YP05B - another striker, we've got a few now, I shouldn't complain but playing 1 up top does limit the amount of growth I can get from a ST I fear Leonardo Antinoro YP05C - can cover across our midfield 3 currently Salvatore Manini YP05D - another solid looking keeper Dario Pozzo YP05E - wonder if he's related to the guys that own Watford? Able to play down either wing Gennaro Pmopilio YP05F - another wide option, we have a few but none are really making me pick them currently Career Progress Year League Position Youth Coaching Youth Recruitment Notes 2020/21 Serie C 9th Adequate Adequate Lost in 1st round of playoffs 2021/22 Serie C 5th Adequate Adequate Lost in 3rd round of playoffs, got 1st coaching badge, won manager of the season 2022/23 Serie C 3rd Adequate Adequate Promotion through playoffs, 2nd coaching badge, manager of the year again 2023/24 Serie B 14th Adequate Adequate 2024/25 Serie B 12th Good Good 3rd coaching badge and youth coaching/recruitment upgrades
  6. Just to piggyback on this for a moment. The mentoring group is something I really didn't look too into last year but have spent quite a lot of time on it this year, and especially in this Palermo save, and it really is something worth investing time in. I've been fortunate I suppose in that all of my team leaders have the sort of personalities I want leading the groups and have made sure to use them (and a couple of other players with good personalities) to lead the groups and have managed to see positive changes in players, it's not a quick fix like the old tutoring was (and nor should it be) but it's something worth doing in this challenge.
  7. Palermo Season 2023/24 Review Serie B League - First season up after promotion is always a tough one and this was no different (probably why it took me so long to get through) not helped by me playing around with my formation, mainly because the one used to get us up suited the players then but a few players were no longer first choice this season so I had to try and find one that suited us, as well as trying to find one that my better young players can play in. It's still pretty much a work in progress. As for the season we managed to finish 14th because we were able to get points off the teams that ended below us while we struggled against the rest. Our points total would have relegated us most seasons so we need to improve for next season. A top scorer with 10 goals will certainly need improving. Cup - knocked out in our first game to a side in the league below. Let's just say it didn't go great Transfers - second straight Jan we've sold our starting right back but this year was my choice. Dragone done OK but never impressed me so was happy to take the cash seeing as we probably need to sell one player a season to maintain a decent cash flow Squad pretty much all youth players now, the drawback is that ,ost are really good for the league below but not quite for this league. Our 1st choice keeper is retiring this summer so one of the youngsters will have to step up Finances - even with a decent sale we end the season in the red, which is why we're still unable to get any improvements in our youth coaching and/or networking Youth Intake - another decent looking one, we're producing lots of potentially good forwards which is why I'm thinking of playing 2 up top soon. We'll see. Sergio Lucarelli YP04A - one of those promising forwards. Good finishing, good pace, needs work for his all round game though Andrea Rizzo YP04B - another forward, one I'm thinking of using on the right as an inside forward, feel he could cause damage there Santi Bua YP04C - a nice looking right winger, a problem area for us as we have several players that look well suited to playing there but none seem to produce when given the chance Giovanni Ferrante YP04D - a CM, needs work on his technicals if he's going to play for us though Gaspare Fugazzotto YP04E - same as above really, needs work but it's an area we need depth in Antonio Daniello YP04F - another CM but one who got tagged mainly due to his mentals. Will likely never be anything special but could be a decent option for us Career Progress Year League Position Youth Coaching Youth Recruitment Notes 2020/21 Serie C 9th Adequate Adequate Lost in 1st round of playoffs 2021/22 Serie C 5th Adequate Adequate Lost in 3rd round of playoffs, got 1st coaching badge, won manager of the season 2022/23 Serie C 3rd Adequate Adequate Promotion through playoffs, 2nd coaching badge, manager of the year again 2023/24 Serie B 14th Adequate Adequate
  8. Sorry, not been around much these past couple of days but yeah a loan in as part of a deal isn't allowed but obviously in this case it wasn't something you could do anything about, when it's forced on you then yeah - can't use them.
  9. Palermo Season 2022/23 Review Serie C League - spoilers for those that clicked the link before reading - we won promotion! But how? After a very promising pre-season cup run (more on that in a bit) gave me confidence we would be able to challenge towards the top of the table. However we started slow picking up a draw and 2 defeats from our first 3 games. A couple of very scrappy wins and then back to back defeats left me questioning the side. However we then just clicked, losing just 2 game between then and the end of the season as we marched up the table and cementing ourselves near the top, however our slow start meant that we never really got close to Catania as they won the league (we did though draw both games against them) we ended the season 3rd meaning another go at the playoffs, thankfully starting in the 3rd round this time. Comfortable wins home and away against Vicenza put us in the Qtr final where we would face the side that knocked us out last year Spezia. A 0-0 draw at home wasn't encouraging and we found ourselves 1 down at the break in the 2nd leg. A HT rollicking from me and 2 goals later we were in the semi final! League rivals Crotone were standing in our way (we lost and drew with them in the league) a late winner from youth teamer Picone saw us steal a win 3-2. The away leg was a real rollercoaster though, we found ourselves 2 down after an hour, 2 goals in the final 10 mins though dragged us level before a 93rd minute winner for Crotone meant we went to extra time where Filippo Foti YP01D picked the right time to score his 1st goal for the club and we were in the final. Foggia in the final (another side we lost and drew with) a early attack gave us the lead before sloppy defending let them in but a goal from a corner (something we're very good at) gave us the lead again and this time we saw it out and were up. As good as this is I do worry this is a season too soon as our youngsters were looking like one more season in Serie C would have seen them dominate. The step up might be a bit much. Serie C Cup - had a but to the first round and were promptly out. Not a loss I was bothered about Coppa Italia - this was the early cup run that gave me hope as we beat Serie B Verona (they won promotion to Serie A this season) and a tight loss to top flight Geona Transfers - lost our starting RB in Jan but we managed to get them to pay his buyout so we got good money for him Squad - pretty much all players we've produced now (only like 6 or 7 I think were here when I took over) our 2 young forwards shared the goals this season Finances - that sale was needed. Hopefully the step up will give us more money and we can start to get some upgrades Youth Intake - Not a bad, but not a great one. Only tagged 3 Giovanni Elia YP03A - another good young striker Antonio Fiore YP03B - we like left wingers it seems Luciano Mazza YP03C - and full backs Career Progress Year League Position Youth Coaching Youth Recruitment Notes 2020/21 Serie C 9th Adequate Adequate Lost in 1st round of playoffs 2021/22 Serie C 5th Adequate Adequate Lost in 3rd round of playoffs, got 1st coaching badge, won manager of the season 2022/23 Serie C 3rd Adequate Adequate Promotion through playoffs, 2nd coaching badge, manager of the year again
  10. Palermo Season 2021/22 Review League - turned out to be a decent season in the end. With only 1 point from our first 4 games we were set to struggle. I took a break and came up with a new formation designed to keep us tight as I knew scoring goals would be an issue for us. So we went from my usual 433 to a 4231 with 2 DMs. We started to grind out results. We really did tighten up as we then ended up with the 5th best defence, attacking wise we got better as the season went on, just after the new year a run of 2 wins in 8 (with only 3 defeats in there) had the board demanding better, I asked for a month to turn things around and they gave it to me, the team responded with 3 wins and 2 draws and the board were happy. In fact from the board meeting we didn't lose another league game all season as we won 7 of the nest 8 games (and a draw) meaning we ended the season in an insane 5th place. This meant playoffs again. In the 1st round we 10th place Reggina at home. Our goal scoring struggles returned here as we drew 0-0 but progressed by being the higher ranked team. In the 2nd round we were home to Foggia, another dull 0-0 and we were through again. In the 3rd round we had Spezia who has been in Serie B the previous season, in the home game they blitzed us and won 3-0. In the return leg they again were too good for us winning 3-1 and 6-1 on aggregate. Season over. Cup - not in the coppa Italia this season so just the serie c cup, we drew both games meaning we failed to progress Transfers - the Accardi sale annoyed me as I felt we needed him for one season but the board accepted the offer, I protested it once and it worked but not the 2nd time Squad - filling out now, still full of players either too young or too old though. I was lucky that that I inherited some very good young player like Pistone, Paoloni and our first international (U19 at least) Montepiano Finances - Shows why the board were right to accept the money for Accardi as a result I couldn't even get any upgrades Youth Intake - A solid one with a couple to be excited about Kevin Ruso YP02A - right winger, will need to develop in the AMR position though Loris Zanotti YP02B - a striker! Our highest rated one already! Gave him so runouts in the final few games and he didn't really do much but I'm excited for him Paolo Antico YP02C - can play across our AM roles but will likely progress as a wide option Riccardo Fabbri YP02D - same as above really but could likely be a good understudy for Montepiano in our AM role Career Progress Year League Position Youth Coaching Youth Recruitment Notes 2020/21 Serie C 9th Adequate Adequate Lost in 1st round of playoffs 2021/22 Serie C 5th Adequate Adequate Lost in 3rd round of playoffs, got 1st coaching badge, won manager of the season Edit: Forgot to actually link the pictures
  11. Yeah someone else had this a week or so back, think I said that if they force the players on you then all you can really do is sell them ASAP without using them. Seems a bit harsh but can't think of any other way around it.
  12. Forgot to mention last night that I had my first international call up. Germano Montepiano came through during the holiday season. Gave him a handful of games last season but he's right in the team this year.
  13. Start of 2nd season has not been great. Our star CB was sold by the board for 1.6m but they wonb't use any of it to upgrade anything, the sale angered my entire squad so everyone is unhappy, my first choice LB is injured for 4 months too. Not a shock our start has been P3 L3 GF4 GA11 and we sit bottom
  14. It seems the hot fix released the other day has fixed the playoff bug as I was able play mine (sadly)
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