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  1. @warlock A very impressive start at Ipswich, way above what any mere mortal could expect with that group of players! The pressure is really on you now @smplfc123 @john1 You had a very strong second half of your season, very unlucky to lose at the end like that but it was a massive overachievement. @Carlf788 Well done on your work with Brentford, I can totally understand you wanting a fresh challenge though. Meanwhile, on this special day for Charlton Athletic... Charlton Season 1 - Part 4 Having ended 2018 with two defeats in League 1, it was crucial to start the new calendar year in a positive way However that was far from the case as a drab home draw with Walsall was backed up by three more winless games That run was finally broken with an out of character 5-0 thumping of Rotherham in my 3rd Round FA Cup Replay, a great relief On the score sheet that day was debutant Antoine Semenyo, who I signed on loan from Bristol City a few days earlier The 19 year old Londoner was the only new arrival in the winter transfer window, as I needed more cover for my striking pool This game was my third replay in three rounds, but also kicked off a run of six matches without conceding Two of these shutouts were in the much-loved Checkatrade Trophy, and another was FA Cup Round 4 (a kind tie at home to Lincoln) At this stage I was still alive in three competitions, although lots of players were in need of regular rests too After a blip at Peterborough where I threw away an early two-goal lead towards the end of the match, the rest of February was faultless And that sequence included the result of my season, with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Chelsea in Round 5 of the FA Cup I followed that up with a massive 3-1 win at promotion rivals AFC Wimbledon and confidence at this point was really high That was evident as Peterborough were then crushed 4-0 to book a place at Wembley for the Checkatrade final March would not follow the same pattern however, as I failed to win the next three and also exited the FA Cup in Round 6 On the face of it, a 1-0 loss to West Ham doesn't look bad, but Felipe Anderson was sent off after 40 minutes so I could have done better The end of the month saw a return to form, with a league win over Bradford and then a fortunate result at Wembley against Scunthorpe 2-0 looks comfortable, but on closer scrutiny you will see both of my goals were scored in stoppage time as extra time loomed As said before, I just cannot seem to lose in this competition, and I somewhat embarrassingly had to hold aloft the sponsor's trophy Again, a new month brought a downturn in fortunes as two trips to the South West yielded one point from six Faith was restored with two consecutive wins over Wycombe (away) and Luton, but then two more poor shows set me back again It's true that defensively I'd improved a lot over these last few months, but the goals weren't flowing and results were up and down This had seen my side fluctuating between 2nd and 4th for some time, and as I travelled to rock-bottom Gillingham I was only in 3rd spot Lyle Taylor, who I had pinned so many hopes on back in the summer, finally came good as his brace earned me a solid 2-0 win And that left me in 3rd ahead of the final day of the regular season, two points behind AFC Wimbledon but with a better GD So, it was out of my hands - and all I could do was try to beat 7th placed Rochdale and hope for the best Luckily for me, good fortune was again on my side as my weary players stumbled their way towards another drab draw With just 10 seconds left of the 92 minutes allowed, I was awarded a free kick 27 yards out slightly to the right of centre The angle favoured a left-footer, but I had no idea what Joe Aribo had in mind as he stepped up to take it Much to my delight he hit it sweetly, and the ball flew past the despairing dive of their keeper in to the right hand side of the net It was a dramatic end to the season, but at this point I didn't have a clue how AFC Wimbledon had got on themselves Moments later, I checked and discovered that they had been held to a 0-0 draw at Bradford, and I had scraped promotion on GD Aribo and Taylor were soon hearing the news too, and the look on their faces as they ran across to the fans was pure joy It was terribly sad for AFC Wimbledon, and although they rallied to see off Bradford in the SF, they lost 2-0 to Coventry in the PO Final Here is a quick summary of my performance in the various competitions And the player stats in all competitions Josh Parker was the biggest over-achiever by far, and on reputation I'd say Taylor had disappointed me the most The fans vote went to German central defender Patrick Bauer (fittingly) and he also won the League 1 player of the year award too Winning promotion for the new Chinese owner and sticking two fingers up to Roland Rat was very satisfying I don't know why there hadn't been any help in the budget earlier (I guess FFP), but the club balance still sat at £62 million by season end And they demonstrated their commitment by revealing the budget available for the Championship return I'll be waving goodbye to all of the loan players and several others will be allowed to leave, but £37 million should help the club avoid the drop...
  2. @john1 Very good progress, you're definitely sorting the club out now! @Carlf788 Congratulations on a very decent finish, hopefully next season will see you improve again (if you don't move on). @warlock Understandable decision, best of luck in your next challenge! Charlton Season 1 - Part 3 November saw a bit of an upturn in form, with just one league defeat against Portsmouth I also failed to get knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy (as usual) and scraped past Luton in FA Cup Round 1 after a replay December saw similar results, scraping through in both Cups after disappointing performances in easier fixtures The league form was good, a run of three wins putting me top again - before losing the last two as the year closed on a low note This leaves my team sat in 3rd as the January transfer window opens, so not too bad at all really (it's tight at the top) As you will see from the below graph, it's still Josh Parker leading the way on the pitch But both he and Lyle Taylor (who has been injured a lot) keep getting international calls, leaving only one semi-fit natural striker at times As a result, I added another forward on 6th December when I landed James Norwood on a free transfer Burton paid Tranmere £160k for his services on 26th July 2018, but after four appearances his contract was mutually terminated on 1st December With no transfer fee and wages of just £1.5k, it was a low-risk manoeuvre on my part, and he becomes a useful rotation option More interestingly you'll see the financial graph on the right, and the good news is the club balance sits at just under £64 million However, since the tycoon takeover, neither the wage budget or transfer budget have been adjusted upwards Maybe the board are concerned about FFP (which the club is on target to pass), but it looks like the transfer window is going to be a non-event
  3. Ah, yes Mark Bowen too. I tried to recruit him to my Swansea staff but couldn't get him on board. IRL he had an 'opposition scouting' role with Reading towards the end of this season and did a very good job by all accounts (results certainly improved). @john1 Keep going, challenges like that are a great test of character!
  4. @warlock Superb stuff with Norwich. It might be satisfying to see if you can recreate those European nights of yesteryear. Was it Inter Milan or Bayern, or both that they played? I seem to recall the likes of Jeremy Goss and Robert Fleck, but may be wrong. However, I would totally understand if you want a new challenge and will watch your next move with interest.
  5. Thanks @DefinitelyTaylor I don't really know what will happen from here, but I will try to remain focused on the job in hand whilst the new owner settles in. There will be an increased expectation and pressure, so I'm not sure if this will turn out to be a good thing or not.
  6. @warlock Welcome back and I'm pleased you had a great time, wherever you were lucky enough to go! I like to keep things interesting, so yes it's a bit of a surprising destination for me I suppose. Anyway, as things have taken a new direction, there is just time for a short update before turning off... Charlton Season 1 - Part 2 A mixed bag of results in October saw three league wins and three league defeats Scunthorpe handed out the first league defeat, but the Walsall game was even worse The home form remains excellent, and an exciting 3-2 win over 2nd placed Barnsley and then Oxford pushed me back to the top Last time out I gambled late on at Rochdale, but it backfired and they scored the only goal after 88 minutes That means my team had suffered a third straight loss on the road, which is something that needs addressing The league remains tight, with some very good teams at the top end of the table This month I slipped from top to 4th, before returning to the summit, and then dropping to 3rd after the last outing But bigger news can be spotted in the financial graph on the right of the below image The takeover (and the end of Roland Rat) On 8th October it emerged that Chinese investor Luo Chao was expecting to take control - and he had very ambitious plans The takeover finally completed on 23rd October, with his £90m purchase approved by the EFL After restructuring the finances, the club balance now sits at a massive (and healthy) £66m The new owner also ended the affiliate link with Ujpest in Hungary (about time too, as it was worthless) And he increased the % of transfer revenue from 0% to 100% For some reason, even by the end of the month the transfer budget of £342,000 hasn't been increased at all though Hopefully that will be the case if I'm still in a job at January, as that could be an interesting window I am a bit sad to see Richard Murray leaving, he has been a great servant to the club before and during difficult times
  7. @john1 Good luck with Cheltenham, managing clubs like them will require time and patience so don't panic yet.
  8. Thanks @Dong21 it will be interesting to see what happens compared with your early years. Great result against Man Utd, it's as if Ole was still at the wheel... @Carlf788 A cracking start, pleased your new record signing is making an early contribution.
  9. Agreed, great work in your first season @lblanc and every update is an enjoyable read .
  10. @BeadyRoller I've not managed Maupay, but Carlf788 must have done. He seemed to score well in the second tier when I was there with Swansea (I tried to sign him at one stage), so I guess it depends what league you are in with Ipswich. Thanks @torquayfmer and good luck sorting your PL squad out. @Carlf788 Best wishes on your top flight return with Brentford. Definitely a better group than you had last time around, although perhaps the best players are those that took you up rather than those you have signed for the new season. I hope it works out for you. @DefinitelyTaylor Thanks. I've managed Coventry many times during the SISU years but don't fancy that again right now. The other contenders for me were Bristol Rovers and Southend, I quite like the look of their squads with much lower expectations upon them. I'm hopeful I can do well with Charlton, whilst at the same time hoping that Roland Rat gets out before he realises there may be a financial benefit in staying! The squad is definitely one of the best in League 1, which brings pressure to succeed. I can absolutely guarantee that I won't be taking them as far as Dong21 has though! @Dong21 Your legacy at The Valley is certainly safe, I don't have the stamina to do what you have done (and wouldn't achieve all that you have anyway). Can you cast your mind back to your first few seasons and remind me where you finished in the years before the PL? What year did Roland get ousted, and what kind of takeover did you get? Up The Haddocks Charlton Season 1 - Part 1 After a solid pre-season, in which I found and stuck defiantly to one single tactic and formation, I was optimistic for the new campaign I was surprised to beat Sunderland comfortably in the season opener (in the BETDAQ Derby) and that set the tone for what followed The only loss so far was in the Carabao Cup, with Millwall grabbing a narrow win at The Valley In the league I have won six and drawn four of the opening 10 games, which is very satisfactory If I want to be critical, I could point to home draws against Shrewsbury and Wycombe as points dropped - but that would be unfair The boys are unbeaten on the road with other wins over a battling Southend side and Bradford, and a credible draw at high-flying Luton too And at home, spurred on by the promise of post-match haddock and chips, I've looked unbeatable (so far) You'll be surprised to see that Josh Parker is by far the most frequent scorer in my team, but there is a reason for that After a great pre-season, Lyle Taylor scored on an impressive debut but then got injured in training before the Shrewsbury home game His calf injury kept him out for more than a month, before he returned from the bench at Bradford During his absence, Igor Vetokele was also still injured and I made some questionable decisions over who to select Without wishing to disrupt the formation and tactics, I utilised natural wingers as the advanced forward alongside Parker As Tarique Fosu was unfit for most of that period too, it often fell upon Nathan Holland to plug a gap for the team And he, and then latterly Fosu, did the job well with their pace causing problems until Vetokele and Taylor became available again In our Checkatrade Trophy game, I recall even having to pair both wingers in attack as Parker was on international duty I also lost Naby Sarr to injury just before the new season, but had the dependable Jason Pearce to step in Sarr has been back since the Checkatrade Trophy win over Plymouth, but the club VC did very well in his absence Further forward, Aribo has also been in fine form, fitting nicely in to the role I assigned him In fact, if you are happy with your 'keepers, defence, midfield and forwards (which I am), there isn't much to grumble about really This is how I have set the team up, and I've decided to shoehorn players in to these roles if absences force a change of personnel In other news, I'm hoping that the club ownership will be sorted soon, and ideally before the winter transfer window to avoid embargo effects The latest word on this is best explained by news reports on 17th and 22nd September respectively, so watch this space And I end this update with this headline, which may at first glance seem unremarkable But I applaud FM for what I can only assume is a Thunderbirds reference attributed to Parker's match-winning display at Southend... Now that I have Taylor back in the side, I look forward to seeing what the next few months brings for the club I know that a defeat will happen, and probably soon, but I couldn't have asked for a better to start to my new job so far.
  11. The Club Charlton Athletic was formed in 1905 by a group of local teenagers The club history cites their rise to the top flight in the 1930s and winning the FA Cup in the 1940s as memorable moments in time The club was forced to leave The Valley in September 1985, and went on to ground share at Selhurst Park for the next seven years The fans fought long and hard to get back to their spiritual home in SE7, which was eventually achieved in December 1992 And 2019 will mark 100 years of The Valley, where the club first played way back in September 1919 However, it's almost certain that another on-going battle will stifle any celebrations of this milestone This negativity surrounds the controversial ownership (since January 2014) of Belgian custodian Roland Duchatelet Hated by the fans (who have boycotted and protested against him) the hope is that he won't be around much longer Why The Addicks? Charlton have had a number of nicknames over the years including The Valiants and The Robins, but The Addicks is the one that has stuck Certainly one of the more unusual nicknames in football, it can be traced back to the club’s formative years More specifically, back to East Street where the club was formed as it was there that a fishmongers owned by Arthur Bryan was located Bryan supplied haddock and chips to players from both sides after Charlton’s matches With South London linguistics coming into play, that became ‘addick and chips’ and thus The Addicks (haddocks) nickname was born In recognition of this, the new manager of Charlton Athletic for this FM19 adventure is named as Arthur Bryan The Squad There wasn't much wrong with existing squad, although four of the 23 would be injured for a minimum of two months In fact, one of those (and earning a sizeable £6k per week) was Jake Forster-Caskey who would miss the entire season I decided to offer him (in the last year of his contract) a new deal at a reduced wage of £4k per week until 2021 Luckily he has accepted, so as long as he recovers from that injury, it should be a sensible move to protect a valuable asset The other issue surrounds fellow midfielder Jonny Williams, on a one-year deal and earning a staggering £15k per week He is a good player for League 1, but finances are insecure unless a new owner buys the club and invests some capital Unfortunately, there were no takers at other clubs for the Welshman - either on loan or as a permanent transfer The player himself wouldn't even talk about a new deal (I would offer 50% maximum), so I am stuck with him for a year now , I'd offered out Mark Marshall and Darren Pratley too, as both were over 30 and on decent wages, but again there was no interest So this left a group of 23, with four of those already on loan at the club As there was little transfer budget to call upon, I only had one loan slot to use, so changes were going to be minimal Noting that Igor Vetokele, Tarique Fosu and Ben Reeves would soon be back in training, I felt I could muddle through with just one addition And as I had no wide players that I could rely on, I decided that young West Ham winger Nathan Holland would be a perfect fit for my needs With no outgoings at all by the end of the transfer window, this left me with a final pool of 24 players for the season ahead (20 of them fit) The only other business I had to take care of was another important contract renewal It's well known that the Charlton Academy is one of the best in the country, with 27 graduates representing the first team since August 2012 Midfielder Joe Aribo (22) was one of those, but would be out of contract in the summer and could be approached as early as January Luckily, I have been able to retain one of the club's brightest young talents, as he happily signed a new £2k per week deal until 2021 Now all I need is to keep him and striker Lyle Taylor fit, and I think I could be in for a fairly decent season The striker had scored 44 goals in three years at AFC Wimbledon before joining Charlton on a free transfer in the summer Expectations are high that he can follow in the footsteps of the popular Clive Mendonca and Derek Hales in scoring 20 league goals in a season Talking of history, I haven't done much off the pitch, but I've kept the London theme I wanted to implement So, returning to The Valley are Alan Curbishley (legend) as DOF and Mark Kinsella (icon) as U18 coach The only other new staff to arrive are Eva Carneiro (Physio) and Dean Wilkins (Coach)
  12. I do the same when I'm in need of a re-set - but I take just as long picking overseas teams though! I currently have SLB and some German teams in my mind as I've managed FC Porto & Sporting for a season each but have never tried SLB (and want to manage Felix in particular). As for Germany, now they are licenced it might be time to try a Bundesliga side but I can't narrow down on my final three. As for EFL matters, I think I'm going to enjoy my new League 1 club. For you, I'm thinking Newport or Forest Green Rovers would be really good ones. If I hadn't done FGR before, I would have been back to them, but I quite like (most of) the squad and feel of Newport too. Perhaps we might even push each other along there some time? That kind of competitive edge helped @warlock in his time with Colchester.
  13. Sorry to hear that and hopefully you find the right club soon. Have you considered L1 or L2? Or perhaps even a trip abroad for a quick change of scenery, maybe you can come back reinvigorated? I just played my first league game of the season, checked the other results and saw Barnsley 9-2 Oxford
  14. @Carlf788 Congratulations, that's fantastic 'bouncebackability' as some might say. Incredible defensive stats, I used to love the FM days when I could keep clean sheets on such a regular basis. I think I have settled on my new EFL team, and it's looking like my first L1 start of this version. Pre-season is over and I'm now preparing for the competitive opener. I've only added one player on loan and none have left yet, but once some of the injured players return, I think that should be enough until the winter transfer window. Now all I need to do is get the Chairman out...
  15. @torquayfmer Congratulations! I think you may find £38m doesn't go too far when searching for PL quality, and it sounds like you have plenty of gaps to fill. I intended to say before, Iheanacho was a great signing - he could be very useful to you next season if you can get him back.
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