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  1. Good luck in the play offs @warlock. Incredible achievement to get them there!
  2. Thanks @DefinitelyTaylor, here is how it all ended: So after my last update, the game struck back at my confident approach, putting me on a run of just 3 wins in 10 games, with 1 draw and 6 defeats. I actually believe it was more down to both of my midfield enforcers (Smith and Leadbitter) being out injured for the whole duration of that run. Thankfully we arrested the slide and finished with 5 wins and a draw in our last 6 matches, ending up with 100 points. Liam Kelly was named our player of the season and Antonio Colak took our top goalscorer award with 16 goals in 25 starts in the league. I've put pen to paper on a new 2 year contract with the club and I have no interest at looking at other jobs. The aim is to let a few go, but keep the nucleus of the squad as I believe with the right additions, we can achieve the lower ends of mid table safety next season and I don't want to disrupt a title winning squad too much! I will post another update August 2020! Wish me luck!
  3. Good luck with Sunderland @Gungner! Hope you saved a drink for me @warlock? I put a right royal jinx on my team by posting that the title was pretty much after going 18 unbeaten! Thankfully, I managed to control the awful dip in form and claim this!
  4. Reading Revival Mid-Season Update: So it's the start of February and this is how the table looks: As you can see the re-build is going rather well. We had a dip in form at the end of September/ start of October, where we lost 3 in 4 games, but since then we have gone 18 games unbeaten, winning the last 10 in a row. Our defence has been solid and really helped put the foundations in place. Apart from a 6-0 hammering of Carlisile, we haven't really handed out many beatings numerically, but we have been in control of so many games and they lads fill me with confidence going in to every game. CUPS: The cups haven't gone our way this season. We lost in the 2nd round of the Carabao Cup to Middlesbrough on Pens, went out of the Checkatrade Trophy in the 3rd round to Arsenal u21's and a complete c**k-up in the FA Cup 3rd round saw us lose 8-0 at Anfield, with that being the score at half time! I overplayed everything in that game, changed the tactics, tried to go overly defensive and started handing out random player instructions out of nowhere, completely lost my nerve and it showed, but a lesson learnt for the future! Luckily that didn't affect my league form though! SQUAD: I wouldn't say there's been a stand out player, but more that the whole squad is playing it's part. The changes aren't hurting us, with 10 players in the squad currently averaging a rating over 7 for the season. What's more pleasing that despite our dominance, I've managed to give plenty of game time to some young players. Amian has had 21 starts at RB, Richards 19 at LB and Loader 17 at LM. On the flip side, Leadbitter has been a very shrewd piece of business. Brought in to fill what seemed to be a void in Leadership in the squad, he's gone on to make 17 starts already, really proving to be a good signing. Something i'll look to recreate in the next few windows, bringing in an experienced player in a number of positions. No transfer activity occurred during January, despite Liam Kelly trying to force a move. Brentford did come in with a deadline day bid, but it wasn't near to what i would accept. Despite his excellent season so far (8 goals and 7 assists in 21 starts) I was happy to let him go if the right bid came in as Marie has also been brilliant in the B2B role, bagging 7 goals and 1 assist in 21 starts. As for the strikers, they've taken it in turns. Wilson was quickest out of the blocks, notching up 7 goals in 12 starts in the league. Gary Hooper then came knocking on my door, asking for more chances, so after a good run in the side, Hooper is now on 9 goals in 16 starts in all competitions. After he decided he was happy, i decided it was time to blood Colak in to the position properly, as he was my first choice ST option in the summer after all. He currently sits on 11 goals in 17 starts. FUTURE: Similar to as @warlock did with Barnsley, i'm already looking forward to the Championship next season. I'll look to blood some fringe and youth players in to the first team, to see if they have what it takes to stay with the squad beyond the summer. Hopefully it doesn't all go pear-shaped, as the finances could really do with the promotion! Wish me luck!
  5. @warlock A solid, if not slightly frustrating start to life in the Championship mate. A shame your strikers haven't started well, but things can change very quickly. James Wilson, who hit the ground running has now started to complain about his game time as other strikers have taken his spot! Hopefully yours will kick on too!
  6. Wow @robterrace that makes my overhaul look like a quiet window!
  7. @sammo10 Thanks mate, very busy window for yourself! Max Clayton looks like he could turn out to be a shrewd signing with the versatility he offers you. @robterrace Good luck with the overhaul mate, i've had a lot of fun with my Reading one so far!
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  9. Cheers mate. I've managed to get a few out of Hooper and Colak as well which is pleasing. Will update further when I'm at the end of January. Loving this rebuilding job so far.
  10. Thanks @DefinitelyTaylor, I look forward to your update, whoever it is you decide to go with.
  11. So the Royal Rebuild begins. With all the players wanting to leave, I was able to generate a nice bit of spending money, but I knew I had to buy with a plan in mind, not just buy for the sake of it. As you can see some big first team players left, but like I said they wanted to and I didn't want to start a new season with players who didn't want to be here. I pretty much had to strengthen in every department and decided to go for a mix of experience in the EFL and new foreign influence which offered value for money. I've also brought in 2 loans in Dowell and Kent, 2 youngsters who have had championship experience and should hopefully stand out in this division. I feel the likes of Leadbitter, Hooper and Korey Smith should add some valuable experience and the rest of the signings will hopefully prove to be bargains! Viviano was brought in as the experienced GK, but Messenholer was a panic buy with an hour left of the transfer window as Sam Walker decided to force a move away to Ipswich. James Wilson has been the best signing so far, scoring 6 in 5 starts, with Jack Hendry shining at the back. From the squad I inherited, I still have McShane, ilori, Samson, Obita, Richards, Kelly, Clement and Loader. The season has started well, with our only defeat coming at home to AFC Wimbledon who caught us on the break and deservedly took home a 3-1 victory. A penalty shoot out defeat in the 2nd round away to Middlesbrough has sent us out of the Carabao Cup, not that I'm particularly gutted about that and we are about to start our Checkatrade trophy campaign. The squad has been constantly rotated due to the fixture congestion, but some have started to nail down a first team place. Wish me luck on continuing the Royals Revival!
  12. Congratulations both @warlock and @sammo10 on your fantastic seasons. I'll be keeping an eye on what business you do in the summer.
  13. Cheers @Dong21 i'm looking forward to the challenge too. Great start to the season too, as @warlock said, the big teams are a free hit, it's all about beating those around you for now until you're good enough t compete with the top 6.
  14. Thanks @warlock it definitely is a big challenge! Keeping Wilson fit is also that,, but if i can, i think his pace and finishing ability should really help me in this league. Really looking hard for some bargains.
  15. Good evening all. So after toying with a few clubs, I couldn't really get a save going on FM19, so I decided to start as unemployed with an A Licence and lowest pro footballer experience and went on holiday. After a few failed job applications, I was handed an interview with Reading who were sitting in the relegation zone and in dire financial straits. I took over in January with the club sitting on 22 points from 27 games, with the relegation scrap looking to be between Wigan, Bham, Sheff Wed, Rotheram, Bolton, Ipswich and ourselves. I managed to amass 27 points from my 19 games, with 8 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses, which considering the state of the squad, i thought was a pretty good return. This is how it panned out: Devastated. Unfortunately my final 3-0 hammering of Birmingham wasn't enough to save us and we were relegated. £100k already over the wage budget and about 10 first team players coming to me asking to be moved on, it's a massive summer ahead of rebuilding to stop the club from going further down. Here are my transfers out so far at the 1st of July: 1 or 2 players are still looking to be moved on. I'm hoping smith and wilson will prove to have too much at this level! Wish me luck in this massive rebuild! Come on the Royals!