Jump to content
Sports Interactive Community


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by smplfc123

  1. I agree @DefinitelyTaylor I do have unfinished business with the Royals, so I rejected Burnley too. However, when this offer came in, I froze: I've been promised nearly £30m to save them from just outside the Championship drop zone and get them to the top half of the table. No philosophies that I would be required to stick to. Living in the North East has made me want this job even more. My head is telling me one thing whilst my heart tells me another. So I've delayed it for a week.
  2. A weak moment in accepting the interview, but rejected them in the end. Burnley, who are currently bottom of the Premiership have offered me an interview too. That would be tougher to turn down....
  3. Some cracking signings there @warlock, especially the 2 lads from Lyon! Great to get some early points on the board, even if you're start has been a bit frustrating with those last 2 results.
  4. Sheffield Wednesday are a big club in my eyes, but not big enough to tempt me away from my Reading revival. Sorry Owls fans, i'm staying where I am.
  5. I'm expecting an update with at least 9 points from your opening fixtures and to see Shankland top of the scoring charts!
  6. @DefinitelyTaylor Exactly that mate and I think the hardest part of this season so far is remaining realistic as a 5 game spell without a win bothered me more than it should have. I just have to ride this season out over the highs and the lows and then I can look to build in the summer. Our squad is 20th in the overall wage budget standings, so we are already out-performing quite a few teams! I'm looking forward to see what you do with all that dough @warlock
  7. ROYAL REVIVAL: Having secured promotion from League 1 with 100 points, I decided the right thing to do was to keep the bulk of the squad and introduce squad fillers who could play at Championship Level. Not only did I not want to disrupt a winning team, but having done a massive rebuild last summer, I didn't think it was right to do it again this summer. Here are my Summer dealings: Despite having a £6m budget and £100k free to use in wages, I didn't go overboard. In terms of the outgoings, Navarro wanted to leave, so too Mesenholer, so I didn't stand in their way. Wilson and Hooper ended up being back up to Colak, so both were shipped on. I wanted to keep McShane but he wanted to be a Key Player which i couldn't offer and Clement wasn't getting much game time. Incoming, Steele was a deadline day replacement for Mesenholer, who also boosts the HG numbers. Kent was brought back on loan, this time I managed to negotiate a future fee of £2.5m. Despite being my most expensive signing of the summer, Elphick has been brought in as experienced back up to the centre halves, taking McShane's role in the squad. Flethcer was Wilson's replacement and Yatarra i'm hoping will prove to be a shrewd free signing. Moyano and Murphy were brought in to replace Clement and Navarro out wide. Moyano an unknown spanish youngster and Murphy a risk as people would say his better days are behind him. Yacob was brought in on a free to add experience, with Grounds coming in to sit in the U23's in case of emergencies. McAuley was brought in on a free and loaned straight out and i couldn't pass up the chance to sign Cannavo from debt-ridden Palermo for just £92k. He's also gone straight back out on loan. The new signings have settled in nicely. The bulk of last seasons team is still starting, but some of the new players have forced their way in already. Yatarra is giving us some pace up front, Yacob is proving to be a good signing and Jamie Murphy has bagged a couple of goals from out wide. So the aim is to avoid a relegation battle and finish somewhere in Mid-table. We've had a good start, with our defence coping well, Rotherham aside. I was happy that after conceding 3 to them, we were able to keep it tight against 2 big teams immediately after. I was gutted to go out of the cup early on as I'd like a good cup run this year, so hopefully i can get a favourable draw in the FA Cup. Hopefully we can keep picking up points and plodding away and hit the boards target and then build for the following season!
  8. @warlock Congratulations mate! Excellent season and i'm really looking forward to see what you do in the summer, assuming you're carrying on the save that is?
  9. Good luck in the play offs @warlock. Incredible achievement to get them there!
  10. 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!
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. @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!
  14. Wow @robterrace that makes my overhaul look like a quiet window!
  15. @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!
  16. smplfc123

    Boro 2nd Season - Need DC

    Liam Moore?
  17. 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.
  18. Thanks @DefinitelyTaylor, I look forward to your update, whoever it is you decide to go with.
  19. 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!
  20. Congratulations both @warlock and @sammo10 on your fantastic seasons. I'll be keeping an eye on what business you do in the summer.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. Evening guys. I had initially set up my first FM19 save as Reading, however, due to the gap since I loaded it and watching their change in fortunes over the last couple of games, I've decided that I'm going to try and rebuild Sheffield Wednesday instead. Wish me luck.
  25. smplfc123

    Starting with Reading FC.......

    I'm in the same position mate. Although your starting back line isn't necessarily old if you go with Yiadom, Ilori, Moore and Obita. I've promoted Richards up from the U23's for cover at left back and Gunter will be more than able back up on the right for now. I do worry about having McShane and O'Shea being back up though, so I may look to give Osho and Blackett some time there. I've sold a few players to make funds available to strengthen. Harriot, Bodvardson, Aluko, Jaakkola and Popa. What formation you going with?