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  1. I had it in my save >10 years in. He got a bit upset about how I'd treated another player, and then started the whole nightclub thing. It never ended. I fined him on at least 15 separate occasions over 6 months, some of which he accepted and others he got angry. There was nothing in his profile or coach report to indicate that he would be a problem. I sold him to Newcastle for around £40m, and then noticed that despite a news item talking up how much me and him hate each other, he wasn't even in the squad. Checked his profile... he was absent. And he's now handed in a transfer request.
  2. Noticed no 4-2-3-1 in the list - I was expecting Parisienne to be there but not sure if you've left it out for another reason?
  3. So I decided to make one tweak to the tactic - to remove the team-wide "get stuck in" to try to reduce the number of red cards I was receiving. My team has the highest aggression in the league so perhaps that is causing more than I might have expected otherwise (even micro-managing individual players on yellow cards to ease off). Anyway, over the course of the season results did pick up and I've gone up from 20th to a comfortable 15th. The only conclusion I can draw is that the tactical familiarity being slightly less than 100% was causing a lot of problems. I definitely perform better against the big clubs than I would expect (beating 1st and 2nd place clubs in the final few games of the season) and am more variable against the smaller clubs, but the earlier season problems of getting stuffed by poor clubs has gone. If that was the cause then the effect in this version of the ME seems very overpowered to me, but such is life!
  4. Yes I had the same issue as bflsantos. I manually withdrew the contract to proceed.
  5. Used this tactic to great success in a couple of countries, but now with Sunderland in the Premiership and getting utterly decimated (i.e. losing by >5 goals to teams in bottom half of table). I feel like there must be something I'm missing. My squad is poor by premiership standards, but not terrible (i.e. my attack is rated ~5th for pace and acceleration). I have OIs disabled, have tried both giving a quick briefing myself and letting the AM do it, have now adopted your training schedules as well but just haven't been able to stop the rot. I have noticed that the vast majority of goals conceded are route one balls over the top. Tactical familiarity took a while to improve (I got promoted from the Championship with a more attacking 4-2-3-1 and then switched to this for my premiership campaign), but the main problem for familiarity is position / role / duty which I wouldn't expect to be a major problem. I feel like I must be must be missing something huge, but I can't think what it could be right now.
  6. Thanks Michael. I did start as Sunday League (normal reflex), but I have presumed that's not an issue as the rep side of things seems fairly OK. Save 2 (Now in Wales) So if I look at the Dynamics screen of the players, I don't see anything other than "poor dressing room atmosphere", which as I said doesn't help me all that much. In terms of Club Dynamics, I see the following: I presume from what you are saying that the yellow is the cause - though that would suggest to me that signing a few new players (11 in 4 months) could be the issue. That's new to me from previous incarnations of FM. Am I signing too many players, or am I signing the wrong players? Save 1 (Youth only) What puzzles me is that I would have expected my youth-only save to generate top quality dressing room atmosphere, yet it isn't the case. But then suddenly I'm not really clear on why these factors, which seem fairly minor when the players have known each other for a long time and there are no disruptive players, would cause such a big collapse. Any insights are greatly appreciated.
  7. It's a while since I played FM a lot (challenges and the like), but decided to give FM18 a go. I've previously been quite successful, if not a tactical expert. However, FM18 feels unplayable for me right now and I just can't figure it out. I am into my second save, and my third team, and every single one has had massive issues with dressing room atmosphere. And in every case, when I discuss with the captain, he always cites "Low morale", which I have no idea how to respond to. First attempt - youth players only in England. Did not sign any players at all. Got a shock promotion in first season, and managed to hold our own against far better sides to hold a mid-table position after a few games. Then some poor results happened, and the dressing room collapsed. Match cohesion was amazing, only one social group, and generally good managerial support but it just fell to bits. We couldn't string a pass together. Not played that one since. I would have assumed this set up would be the best for morale, but apparently not. Second attempt - started managing in China, which in theory should have been much harder. Generally went OK, and when dressing room started to falter I decided to get rid of the players who had concerns, which did help temporarily. But it was always a touchy subject and would sway rapidly from positive to negative without me seeing what I was doing. Every job interview they asked me about my terrible handling of the dressing room. Third attempt - moved from China to Wales, signed a bunch of players, but generally kept squad happy and moved on players who were unhappy. Board generally happy with performance in top-half of table, but had a few bad results and morale collapsed again. I've looked at a few guides on the web but nothing is really indicating to me what I'm doing wrong. I do delegate a lot of responsibilities, e.g. training, pre-match briefing etc, but then doing it myself on the odd occasion I've tried doesn't seem to help and I don't enjoy them much anyway. Am I missing something obvious? This feature is driving me up the wall at the moment.
  8. Just browsing through the forum after a long time away! Congrats on the mod-ship delta!
  9. Cheers for that SRL88, appreciate I left a pretty big list Just noticed, you've changed my striker's name from Howard to Henry in the top goalscorer, league goalscorer and fastest goal categories? I know Howard's a bit of an unfortunate name at times, but, it's a bit harsh.
  10. Screenshot: http://img560.imageshack.us/img560/8620/yj4p.png Team managed: Gloucester By my reckoning: Lowest Average Attendance Avg: 1207 (2023/24) Lowest Attendance Attendance: 112 Opponents: Farnborough Competition: Skrill South Biggest Defeat Opponents: Tottenham Hotspur Final Score: 7-0 Highest Scoring Game Opponents: Alfreton Final Score: 6-3 Top League Goalscorer Player: Howard Goodwin League Goals: 37 Highest Average Rating Player: Jake Brewer Avg Rating: 8.13 (32 appearances) Fastest Goal Player: Howard Goodwin Time: 9 seconds Most Assists Player: Andrew Threlfall Assists: 22 Youngest Goalscorer Player: Javan Ritchie Age: 15 years 215 days Oldest Goalscorer Player: Matt Coupe Age: 37 years 24 days Most Games Lost in a Row Sequence: 6 Most Games Without Winning Sequence: 12 And on another screen: Most Goals in a Season Player: Howard Goodwin Goals: 41 Screenshot: http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/6513/r970.png
  11. Congrats Crouchy! So, now that's all over and done with, you can get your career thread going.
  12. 2024/25 Season Review Competitions League 2 (22nd) Still stuck at the bottom of the table, but the league was much, much stronger this year and a huge number of teams were in the mix for relegation. We always looked like we would be safe, but still no signs of any major improvement in form. Cups - Unlucky to draw quality opposition in the League Cup and JPT, but more fortunate in the FA Cup, drawing Gateshead from the Conference Premier and League 2 Tranmere, and even more so playing Tranmere at home. We got a decent tie away at Cardiff, but the small stadium meant we didn't really get much for our efforts other than a thorough stuffing. Youth Players Marc Halliday (YP1) - I wish someone would take him on a free transfer or loan. They won't. Howard Goodwin (YP11) - Back on form, and hugely appreciated! Exactly what I've come to expect. Nathan Tubbs (YP13) - Decent as ever, and his stats keep improving, but his form isn't. Lewis Langdown (YP14) - Another average season - I frequently dropped him, but it made little difference. Pete Butler (YP16) - Appalling. I'll try to get him out on loan next season. Karl Pym (YP19) - Slowly improving, but I need him to pick up the pace a bit. Colin Chenoweth (YP21) - Stagnated a bit, but hoping he will pick things up again next season - attributes are improving. Dominic Kellaway (YP22) - Really poor - dropped in favour of younger talents, but no obvious alternatives yet. John Thomson (YP23) - Would probably make a great CB, but that's not what I need. He's not a great LB. Marc Richards (YP24) - After a brilliant debut season, I kept giving him opportunities, and he was useless. Not sure what I'm doing wrong. Junior Matthews (YP25) - Now first choice RB, but needs to improve significantly as he's not a natural. Geoff Paddock (YP26) - The biggest threat to Langdown (YP14)'s position, really strong debut season. Stuart Hoskins (YP27) - The most talented player at the club, according to my assistant. Could be special. Keiran Langdown (YP28) - With Richards (YP24) in poor form, I gave Langdown a few chances, and he really impressed. Great partnership with Goodwin (YP11). Former Youth Players Brendan Clinton (YP2) - New club, same dross. Paul Fisher (YP3) - Struggled after Woking's promotion. At least he's got a steady contract. Leon Rae (YP4) - Free transferred to Linfield, which is much more his level. Ashan Perry (YP5) - Really not worth the money I invested in him. I paid him to leave, and no-one wants him. John Lindsay (YP6) - Another rubbish season, this time for Bath. Bob Walton (YP7) - After a dreadful season at Woking, his contract was terminated. Oh dear. Roy Slocombe (YP8) - Really poor season for Maidenhead. I'd be surprised if they kept him. Neil Megson (YP9) - Much better season now he's settled in at King's Lynn, could do alright here. George Wilson (YP10) - Lost his place in my squad, and dropped by Forest Green as well. Moses Makin (YP12) - Decided to stay at Farnborough, and has found his level in the Conference South. Carl Cunnington (YP15) - Capable, but dropped in favour of youngsters - but no-one wants him. Richard Hayward (YP17) - Finally got rid of him. Dreadful for Woking and wants a new challenge. I would suggest football is a challenge. Andrew Threlfall (YP18) - Really, really awful season for one of my high hopes. And he's been offered another extension! Rhys Ricketts (YP20) - Already overtaken by new youth intakes - and few offers coming in. Club Facilities - Much the same as last season. Finances - JUst about holding things together. Might need a boardroom bailout soon, but the cuts to the youth coaching do seem to have helped. Hopefully our expenditure on that side of things should stabilise next season - it accounted for over 40% of our expenditure.
  13. 2025 Youth Overview Sean Gardner Not such a great one this year. Gardner will probably be useful and certainly has the quality to make it long-term in this league, but the overall quality of the intake has dropped really significantly. I would be very surprised if any of the guys with 3* potential become first team fixtures, but then there's no position that I need to strengthen in particular right now. The problem is that even players with 4.5* in my current squad aren't necessarily achieving decent average ratings, and the squad is appalling compared to the rest of the league, so a few more 4.5* potentials won't help much - we need some blisteringly good kids, but we don't have the money to invest. Hard to know what the solution is, really.
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