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Mackem742

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About Mackem742

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Biography

  • Biography
    FM player since before it was FM, I remember the old Championship Manager Italia days etc. Big Sunderland fan, its been a tough few years for us but finally enjoying football again, winning makes such a difference no matter what league you are in!

Interests

  • Interests
    Football, Crossfit, Model building and painting

Favourite Team

  • Favourite Team
    Sunderland

Currently Managing

  • Currently Managing
    Lyon

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  1. Just had one of the most exciting games on this years FM. After beating Benfica in the first knockout round of the Champions League I was drawn against Man City. A poor first leg at the Etihad resulted in a 2-0 defeat. 2nd leg we started strongly and midway through the 2nd half we had a 3-1 lead. We were still going out on away goals but we scored another with not long to go until City were given a penalty in the 89th minute after a challenge from Lodi (who got sent off). This was the dream over or so I thought and they missed it!. I shut up shop and went ultra defensive and held on for a 4-3
  2. Apologies for not posting any updates for a while but ive been away for a week. 2nd season with Lyon is becoming very interesting. I will do a full update at the end of the season, im heading into the final third of the campaign and im currently 6 points clear of PSG at the top. My only defeat was away at PSG (4-3!). PSG have suffered a couple of shock defeats, including a 2-1 defeat away at Amiens who are currently rock bottom on approx 12 points. I got through a Champions League group which included Real Madrid and Salzburg. I got through the group and drew Benfica in the 1st knock
  3. This year has been tough, Dad passed away in August and then me and my wife had Covid in September and it wiped me out, still suffering mild side effects now. Ive worked in an office since the pandemic began too. FM has been a godsend really, even though Ive struggled to get into a long term save its been great to just zone out and play a couple of hours on the game every now and then. Im in my 2nd season with a Lyon save at the minute and Im enjoying it and try to update on the forums as much as I can. Its just quite hard when no one else is posting and you just feel you are sharing your
  4. Anyone thinking of starting a Sunderland save again? They announced their retained squad list yesterday and have let a lot of players go. Im tempted to replicate that in game and see how much of a rebuild I can do.
  5. Im planning on a new English save, just not sure who yet. Im currently managing Lyon in another save. I dont know whether to go for someone totally different or plump for Sunderland again, they published their retained squad list yesterday and let quite a few players go, not sure if Id like to replicate that in game and do a complete rebuild like they are going to have to do in real life. The squad had a number of players out of contract including, Max Power, Josh Scowen, McGeady, Wyke, Leadbitter, Hume, Maguire. McGeady, Wyke and Hume have all been offered new deals but the rest and oth
  6. Lyon Season 2 2021/22 Couldnt have asked for a harder start to my 2nd season, Monaco, Marseille and PSG within the first month. Luckilly I have come out of it unscathed. The only disappointment was a 1-1 draw away to Dijon. But crushing wins over Monaco and Marseille meant I had a fantastic start, the 0-0 home draw against PSG was one of the most eventful goalless draws Ive ever been involved in, I thought we had won it but Depay hit the post with a header in the 92nd minute. Transfer dealings, sold more than I brought in so happy with that, the transfer window isnt over yet but
  7. Sorry I didnt get the chance to do a full update last night but I started the season and its been a great start. After winning the Trophee des Champions against PSG I had a tough start in the league. Monaco (A) 3-0 win, Cherki got on the scoresheet which I was delighted with. Marseille (H) 3-0 win, Depay and Arezo getting on the scoresheet. Next 2 games are away at Nimes and home to PSG. If I can get through the first month unbeaten ill be happy. Then it will be the Champions League draw.
  8. Ill do a full update when im home from work but Ive kicked off my 2nd season with Lyon. Ive had an early bonus by beating PSG on pens in the Trophee des Champions. Opening game of the season is tough, away to Monaco and Ive got a tough start in general with a game against PSG also in the first month. Also got Champions League football to contend with this season so hopefully it wont prove to be a massive distraction. Ive made a few signings, including a few promising looking youngsters. Ive brought in Tonali in centre midfield. Ive also brought in Rayan Cherki into the first team, th
  9. Not sure if he is the next Pogba or Griezmann but Ive got a player at Lyon called Maxence Caqueret, only 21 years old. Good passing, first touch, anticipation, determination, off the ball, vision, positioning, teamwork, work rate, natural fitness and stamina attributes.
  10. Current state of play. If results go our way then I take the title challenge to the last day. If PSG win its pretty much all over due to the goal difference. We are both at home so I have to hope that PSG slip up. And in the end we just fell short. That defeat to Nice and the draw against Lorient hurt us in the end. Still, its been a good season and back in the Champions League.
  11. Yep, they had a poor start by their standards but have then just went on a ridiculous unbeaten run. Im going to finish 2nd, I cant finish any lower but PSG are 3 points clear with 2 games to play. Ive got my budget for next season too, about £16 million. I think I may need to sell to buy. Depay looks like he will be leaving so that will give me some extra wage to play with, he wants 130k a week and I can only offer a maximum of 97k. Ill look at it again when the season is over but im prepared for him to leave.
  12. Well my initial aim with Lyon has been achieved, qualification for the Champions League has been secured. However my late season form has seen us almost concede the title to PSG. Since PSG drew with Strasbourg and I went 2 points clear my form has been patchy. I went away to Nice and we were 2-0 up at half time but we ended up on the losing side as Nice rallied and won 3-2. We followed this up with a 2-1 win over Brest and then a 0-0 draw at home to bottom of the table L'Orient, they even went down to 10 men, I just couldnt score. The last game I played was away at Monaco and in a back and for
  13. Well Ive got a bit of an update on that. After my 3 point lead over PSG at the top I went away to Marseille and they absolutely smashed us (5-2), however Arezo came on late and smashed in a fantastic free kick after Depay had played poorly again. But PSG won and went top on goal difference. My next game was against Lens at home, confidence was low after the Marseille game and Lens had just hammered Nice 8-1! I did manage to win 2-1, Arezo scored again. Next game away at Bordeaux, he started and we came away with a 3-0 win, he scored 2. Also PSG messed up at home to Strasbourg, drawing 1-1. So
  14. Well Ive just suffered my first defeat as Lyon manager. Id built up a 6 point lead at the top over PSG, Marseille are in 3rd but are about 16 points behind so its a 2 horse race between ourselves and PSG. Unfortunately my 1st defeat of the season has come at Parc des Princes, losing 4-1! They just wanted it more than us, I went cautious from the off but found myself 2 down after 18 minutes. The game settled down until about 70 minutes where PSG stepped it up again and added 2 more before I got a consolation goal near the end. Disappointing but Im still currently 3 points clear but I got b
  15. I think the squad has plenty of players that you can sell on to generate your own money. Its very rare I do a save where the transfer budget is over £15 million in the first season. Ive done 3 saves so far, Sunderland (in league 1, next to no transfer budget), Valencia (I think they had £4 million) and Im currently managing Lyon (they had the highest starting budget with approx £15 million).
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