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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 tr
  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 be
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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 i
  7. Just browsing through the forum after a long time away! Congrats on the mod-ship delta!
  8. Congrats Crouchy! So, now that's all over and done with, you can get your career thread going.
  9. 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 g
  10. 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
  11. It's manageable now I've got the drop in youth coaching, but it's still a very precarious position. Question is, do I invest heavily in youth to earn a promotion, or cut back to ensure our financial survival? Right now I'm hovering between the two, but it's hard to know exactly where to draw the line. Yeah, and the weird thing is that the cost of our youth coaching is absolutely all over the place right now. It seems to bear very little resemblance to the level of investment shown on the facilities page.
  12. Yeah the speed is really nice, especially since I only have the one league loaded - it processes in no time at all. Last year I did an all-nations save and it was ridiculous, took forever for anything to happen and I turned off all the full detail processing that I could as well. It's certainly a challenge doing this kind of save, but that's why I appreciate it. Good luck with your career
  13. Thanks very much As for your question - not really, no. Turning pro has made a tremendous difference, because I've been handing players 5 year contracts whenever possible, and frankly if they decide to go after that length of time then I don't mind - I've got some decent service from them. With the old contracts, where they only lasted 2 years, it was hard to keep anyone for very long - and obviously I couldn't compete with the salaries on offer at other clubs. And most of my players wanted non-contract terms, which meant I hadn't got a hope in hell of holding onto them. In previous seas
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