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  1. Jogo Bonito

    FM19: The English Football League thread

    Cheers. To be honest I would have liked another year in League 2, but we got momentum and I guess that counts for a lot. I'm wondering if FM19 is a little easier, maybe the pre-set tactic choices help us all make better decisions? Transfer plans start with reducing the number of loans. I could have continued four of the six loans without any contribution, but delayed several times on them all and then cancelled. As for the other two, Burnley wouldn't let Dwight McNeil come back (he was probably the one I would have taken again), and Ben Pringle is out of contract after his loan from Preston, but signing a player over 30 doesn't fit my ethos so I've not pursued him. I've done some deals already, but with a few leaving on frees (including Wes Thomas), one out on loan, and one sale, I'm down to 21 senior players at the moment. I do have a couple of positions to fill - another right-back and centre-back, a winger able to play left and right wing, and one more 'L1 starting level' central midfielder - but I don't want more than 24 in the squad, and a self-imposed wage cap of £2k per week isn't attracting too much quality. The new signings to date are an experienced League 1 centre-back for £16k, a free transfer left back taken from a League 1 club, a raw but promising teenage striker released from a PL club, a free transfer left midfielder from non-league, a young central defender on loan from a PL club's U23 ranks, and then a retraction on what I wrote earlier as I brought back Richards from Tottenham in the end. I don't really want more than 2-3 loans this year (and now have two already) which doesn't really help me to finish off my squad. I've got stacks of targets so don't need suggestions (and I like finding my own men), but even most free agents I like turn me down on wage and/or reputation. I'm sure I'll get a couple more in, but it won't be too much. Having said that, I've actually got a £200k bid in for a central defender at the moment, he's a current U21 international and wages have been agreed, but whether I'll blow the whole budget on him depends on what else I'll do. I've got some interest in Ryan Giles from Wolves on a no-contribution loan for the left wing. I do like him a lot, but he wouldn't really work well as a supplementary right sided option. This aspect sees me considering a somewhat expensive £55k deal for Danny Rowe of Ipswich, but I could pick up Giles and somebody like Agard (on a free) for less outlay instead, so I'm undecided, Although I don't particularly need to, I wanted to bring in a 'marquee' signing in attack, but despite pursuing out-of-contract Ayr striker Lawrence Shankland for months, he wants way more than I can pay on wages. I also tried to get Omar Bogle back as he did great at Grimsby before, but I can't get that done either so might just give up on these two and run with those I have. @Dong21 Thanks. I think you hit the nail on the head with momentum. Maybe I'll do better but I'm setting the bar low, especially when I look at my squad for this season. I agree so many updates and I hardly have the time to congratulate everyone on their successes, but it's all impressive stuff and enjoyable reading.
  2. Jogo Bonito

    FM19: The English Football League thread

    It's time to take a closer look at the run-in to my first season at Grimsby Town Fresh from a somewhat fortunate win at Wembley in the Checkatrade Trophy, it was time to see if April and May would go so well Despite the lack of goals from top scorer Wes Thomas (the penalty at Morecambe was his first in 10 hours), April went great Luckily Kyle McFarlane also ended a barren spell and started delivering goals on a regular level And I was grateful that Tottenham loan striker Rodel Richards returned from injury just as Thomas was ruled out for the season The loss at Colchester was the only blip, but they were 2nd at the time and eventually took the League 2 title Winning at Meadow Lane was also a big result, as Notts County put aside real life woes and somehow managed to win automatic promotion It looks comfortable here, but with just two games left to play my team could finish anywhere from 5th to 9th But by the time Crewe were put to the sword by a Richards hat-trick on the last day, only a GD miracle could see me miss the play-offs A fifth place finish was probably 10 or more places above where I expected to end the first season, but there was still a challenge ahead A narrow 1-0 away win in the first leg of the semi final at Northampton calmed the nerves, but I had to see it through at home After going a goal down at Blundell Park, I wondered if the season was going to end on a disappointment But McFarlane levelled on the night, and then added a second to ease my team through to another Wembley final Meeting me there would be Mansfield, who finished 4th in the regular season I'll admit it wasn't a particularly exciting final, both teams were resolute and there was little to choose between the sides on the day But McFarlane came to the rescue again, and his fine strike secured a narrow 1-0 win and a place back in League 1 Here are the details from those last three tight fixtures And here is the final table, which wasn't good reading for Swindon or Macclesfield fans The wins at Wembley had contributed massively to the financial status of the club This performance graph shows the journey through the season Thomas managed to end top scorer in all competitions thanks to his excellent efforts in the earlier part of the season McFarlane's late flurry of goals saw him finish as top scorer in League 2, more than justifying his £50k transfer fee in the summer The player stats are as shown below, obviously excluding a handful of appearances made by the veterans discarded in the winter And JJ Hooper scored all those goals on a loan spell with Billericay, he didn't register a goal for me at all I didn't take the image before Ben Pringle's impressive loan ended on 31st May, so can only show his league appearance details And this is how the end of season club awards looked I should also add that I was chosen as League 2 manager of the year, which I think demonstrates the over-achievement Here's an overall summary of competition performances I'm happy with this, especially with the fairly serious injury problems encountered during the season I recall at the start how the defence was ravaged and weak, but I battled through that, and managed to absorb the later ones slightly easier The board have given me a transfer budget of £197k for the second season, with a wage budget of £41k per week Expectations will be fairly simple. Avoid relegation back to League 2
  3. Jogo Bonito

    FM19: The English Football League thread

    I must admit, I'm the same and take forever to choose. And picking an overseas club takes me even longer, in fact I talk myself out of them all too much and hardly ever get one started in other countries these days In the meantime, my end of season report at Grimsby will follow later. I've even lined up a pre-season friendly at Barrow just for you DefinitelyTaylor. See you there?
  4. Jogo Bonito

    FM19: The English Football League thread

    Cheers, you expected more than me then!
  5. Jogo Bonito

    FM19: The English Football League thread

    @karanhsingh Agreed, some great updates on here recently. If I'd just spent £10m I would need to rest too! Fantastic promotion(s) by the way
  6. Jogo Bonito

    FM19: The English Football League thread

    I really like both, but I've managed Henry before and not yet been able to get Lewis in FM18 or FM19. I'll say go for Lewis, although I'll be miffed you got him before me!
  7. Jogo Bonito

    FM19: The English Football League thread

    @warlock I've never managed The Blades although having worked in Saudi, I often thought about it and probably should have in view of their ownership situation. Stay safe, my friend, and remember to be careful about where you attend your meetings
  8. Jogo Bonito

    FM19: The English Football League thread

    Great updates in here, so many to comment on but always enjoyable to see new and different clubs being picked. Good to see you back in the game too @warlock March (of season 1) began with The Mariners sitting 5th in League 2 And of course my side were looking forward to the Checkatrade Trophy Final against Southend at the end of the month Exciting times then! Really? Ok, I'll play along and just think of the money... Given the nature of the two participants, I think Wembley was about to set a record in sales of fish and chips too The takeover finally happened, with long-serving chairman John Fenty replaced at the helm by CEO Ian Fleming (below) John had been a great leader of the club, but Ian had been at the club since 1986 himself and knew what to expect It's business as usual then. No investment, but no extra pressure put upon me. I'm happy with that On the pitch, March was a fairly mediocre month, winning just two of the six league games contested The 5-1 victory at Crawley was by far the best of those performances, but the goals began to dry up for top scorer Wes Thomas I must admit though, that the most important match was the last one. A long trip to Wembley Yes, the competition I loathe. And somehow my team lifted the trophy. Not without some more luck, I might add I'd been playing my squad men rather than first choices throughout, and they'd served me well I picked my team, but before submitting the team sheet I made one late change. And it really was a last minute switch Sorry Connal Trueman, you'd done great in goal until this point. But I wanted captain James McKeown between the sticks here So how did the final play out? It didn't start well at all. The boys went a goal down after conceding within two minutes It wasn't looking good, with little hint of a comeback. But then Southend had a man sent off after 73 minutes Andy Rinomhota grabs me an equaliser after 77 minutes, and my side look set to go on and win Maybe not, as two minutes later, Southend get a penalty. It's on target, but McKeown makes a stunning save No extra time, and it's straight on to penalties. After scoring the first, my next three aren't converted Rodel Richards, the on-loan teenager from Tottenham, gets his in. But Richard Wood steps up to win them the game McKeown isn't having that, and saves again. It's his third stop of the shootout, and fourth in the match My hopes are then back on Rinomhota. He also keeps his cool, and now my side leads 3-2 Luke Hyam is up next for the men from Essex, but McKeown saves again. His fourth of the shootout and fifth of the match I've never seen anything like it. And it's fitting that the man who joined Grimsby in 2011 was the trophy-winning hero Am I a tactical genius and man-management guru, or just a lucky manager? Probably the latter. But here's the summary below Will April and May match that for excitement? Coming soon...
  9. Jogo Bonito

    FM19: The English Football League thread

    @Dong21 @Chevie It's good to see a couple of new 'Athletic' managers get going Great updates from both of you. Slightly surprised you removed Bauer from Charlton Dong21. I was hoping Roland would soon be banished and it looks like this is a constant to any prospective Charlton managers. I think Oldham is a good club to revive there Chevie, even without a budget they have some decent assets and I am sure you'll do well with them. I nearly signed Simpson and Rowe at Grimsby, but I opted out and cancelled in the end as had enough loan players already. Welcome also @Spike and good luck with Villa. @Milkmanhole that's a really nice opening post for Reading. Good luck getting performances out of any of that lot though. I agree on the idea of promoting youth, that's about the only positive thing about the club these days. Tyler Blackett has recently fought back in to contention and could do a job at LB or possibly CB. Most who have seen him would believe he is best as a left-sided central defender in a back three if you ever use that formation. Meite can and does also play quite often as a central striker and is improving a lot so could be another contender for that role as well as doing a job on the flanks.
  10. Jogo Bonito

    FM19: The English Football League thread

    @Dong21 @warlock Thanks for that, it's been enjoyable so far. Disappointed not to get a chance to bow out of the Checkatrade Trophy yet, but as I seem to have been given a bye in the Northern Area final (surely that can't be right) I guess I should make an effort to win at Wembley. I'll still be using my second-string players (a couple of players are cup-tied too) that have got me there. Hopefully the cash from participation there and merchandise sales will be worthwhile, and should cover the fuel costs. Warlock, sorry to hear you say that but look forward to the update!
  11. Jogo Bonito

    FM19: The English Football League thread

    Good to see everybody's updates. Portsmouth & Sunderland seem popular this year. The former were going to be my first L1 save, they have such a good squad this season. @Spike That's a very costly injury for Bolasie indeed, bad luck with that. I'm amazed at how unbalanced your squad was despite the financial situation. Relying on just a couple of central defenders seemed crazy to me, but in FM you can hopefully address that. @warlock Great job getting back in contention for a top-six spot. KUTGW, you can definitely get in there. So, winter arrived with my team performing well above the modest expectations I had when I took the job on Until the transfer window opened, I'd muddled through with a squad of 22 men after ostracising a few of my unwanted veterans I like a smaller squad, it gives opportunities to use HG youngsters and keeps everyone motivated that chances will come But I wanted to make one or two adjustments to the squad, and did this quite astutely I think Arriving on free transfers were central midfielder Liam Kinsella (Walsall) and winger Andy Dales (Scunthorpe) Kinsella had been made available for no fee and was a perfect transfer target for me A deal had already been agreed in December, and he joined up with the club on 1st January Ex-Derby youngster Dales had joined The Iron after doing well in non-league, but hadn't made an impression When I spotted he had been released, I felt he was a decent free addition until the summer, and he joined in mid-January The only other signing was on loan, with Tottenham striker Rodel Richards (18) joining on 17th January That brought the loan players up to six, but Ben Pringle had been injured for some months and I felt I could juggle this upon his return The youngster is a bit of a prospect but I retain hopes of landing him for free in the summer if they don't renew his contract That loan move was pushed through after I allowed JJ Hooper to join Billericay on loan as he wanted more first-team action Also departing were Martyn Woolford (Kidderminster), John Welsh (Wycombe), Danny Collins (Bradford) and Luis Robles (Lleida) I didn't get any fees for that quartet, but saved more than £5k p/w in wages for them, whilst Billericay also paid £1k of Hooper's £1.1k p/w wage Ironically Hooper has been on fire for the Essex side, with seven goals in his first four matches for them! I might have to check my recall option as Richards got a long-term injury after just a few games, time will tell on that In the meantime, the squad was looking like this. Cosmopolitan group isn't it? So, by the turn of the year I was well-placed in the league, preparing for Round 3 of the FA Cup, and somehow still in the stupid Checkatrade Trophy But I hadn't won in four league games, and that became five when then-leaders Mansfield scored a late equaliser on New Years Day A trip to Fratton Park in the FA Cup followed. They had a man sent off after six minutes and I felt this might be my day Unfortunately despite taking the lead in the first half they fought back to force a replay at Blundell Park Two comfortable league wins followed, but Portsmouth won the FA Cup replay to end this year's dream I followed that disappointment up with another one, a humbling League 2 loss at Lincoln in the local derby And then out of the blue, my team travelled to Shrewsbury and beat them 3-0 in the annoying Checkatrade Trophy The next game was even better, as league leaders MK Dons came to town and were hammered 4-0 (even after the loss they were six points clear of 2nd) Newport were then seen off emphatically, and I struggled through another Checkatrade round by beating Bradford on penalties The league form then fluctuated a bit with two defeats in the next three, but February ended with a win over Oldham in the Checkatrade Somehow, in a competition I have no time for, I'm now in the Northern Area final And here is how things are looking generally Finances are good due to the cups, the wage bill is down, and with 12 league games to go, I could finish anywhere between 2nd and mid-table I think lots may rest on the continued good form of strike pair Wes Thomas and Kyle McFarlane, who have both excelled so far The defence could be tighter, and that's clearly the area of the team that is weakest But overall, I'm doing alright I think. Until next time, Up The Mariners... Edit: Apparently winning the Northern Area Semi Final of the Checkatrade Trophy gets you in to a Wembley final! I found out when I looked to see who my Northern Area final opponents were, and thought Southend were a bit southern Let's get those half and half football scarves under production then...
  12. Jogo Bonito

    FM19: The English Football League thread

    @warlock I'm really pleased you found your form again. If you can't bridge that gap, at least you should be well set up for the second season, assuming the board keep the faith! @Dong21 Good to see you back in London, best of luck with The Addicks. Apart from the injuries and Roland Rat (early departure is quite likely I think) it's a great base to work from, but it's quite a tough ask to get promoted with all those unavailable players. With Lyle Taylor, a solid bunch of defenders and some good youngsters, you've still got some good assets and hopefully you can get them going again. I'll do another update at Grimsby soon, I'm in February of season 1 now.
  13. Jogo Bonito

    FM19: The English Football League thread

    Hang in there, to succeed after some struggles will make it so much more satisfying. There's more to life (and FM management) than the Premier League, and you shouldn't be put off if it takes an extra year to put your own stamp on the squad and get that success.
  14. Jogo Bonito

    FM19: Hidden Gems

    He's been decent in the last few versions of FM. In this one, I've been trying to get him in the first winter transfer window on a pre-contract deal but he isn't interested in joining Grimsby. I might consider offering his club some cash in case that makes a difference to his interest. He'll be a great asset in League 2 but competition to get him will be tough. Edit: Ayr did accept £150k plus 25% of any profit and a pre-season friendly. However, I don't have £150k, and more importantly he wouldn't enter talks with me anyway. But for those who can tempt him, he'd be a great cheap pick.
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    FM19: The English Football League thread

    I've been able to keep my Grimsby side in contention during November and December, with some generally solid form in League 2 I've also managed to win twice in the Checkatrade Trophy (beating Boro's U23 side and Sunderland) even when fielding much-weakened teams And I've beaten Billericay (after a replay) and Port Vale to reach the 3rd Round of the FA Cup, where Portsmouth awaits me next The last few league games haven't been great though, and my four match winless streak has seen me drop from 4th to 7th But the transfer window is open, and I've already managed to get rid of some of my unwanted veterans and cash-draining reserve players I've made one more signing so far (free transfer) but there might be one or two other changes to the squad if I can convince them to join
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